BIT of a mystery today. What went on at the end of 1993 in Room 2919 in Jardine House? Now, anyone who saw the name on the door of DMT Financial Services, part of the listed Dharmala Group, might have thought it was selling investment products. If they went into the office, they might even have spotted lying around some completed paperwork for, say, Bankers Trust unit trusts. And some people who had been rung up by DMT Financial Services employees might have been under the impression that as well as offering insurance products, which aren't regulated, it was also offering unit trusts, which are. But DMT Financial Services definitely wasn't selling investment products. We know this because when we rang the Securities and Futures Commission it had no record of DMT Financial Services being registered, or its new name of Dharmala Financial Services. And we're doubly sure that it wasn't selling investment products because its sales staff weren't registered as investment advisers or investment representatives - and surely no group with big ambitions in financial services like Dharmala would employ unregistered staff. And finally, we're triply sure because Dharmala director Kenneth Lam Kin-hing told us yesterday that ''it was doing only insurance products''. We can only conclude that it was some kind of New Age Office Therapy, where patients can pay to sit in a simulated investment advisers' firm in an attempt to commune with the Great Investment Universe. Lunch violation RUMBLING along in the MTR at lunchtime, Lai See saw something truly unusual: a woman breast-feeding her baby. It caused some quiet surprise among other passengers, but most people didn't notice it as the woman was rather skilled and discrete. On the way out of the station we checked the list of rules for passengers. They ban riding motorcycles on MTR platforms and other unlikely stuff, but there was nothing mentioning breast-feeding. But the woman and baby were still breaking the rules. Remember folks: no eating or drinking on the MTR. Internal affair THE latest batch of annual reports shows that company directors are becoming more generous. With themselves. One example is Recor Holdings, an electronics firm. It was listed in September last year, and had all the usual fuss, big documents, advertisements and the like to issue 96 million shares at $1.16 each. Rather less fanfare has accompanied the decision, revealed in the small print of the document, for the directors to issue share options, to themselves and senior management, totalling 21 million shares at the rather more attractive price of 85 cents a share. Incidentally, 9.6 million of these were issued to Hon Lai Yim-lee, the chairman's wife. Another is drinks firm Vitasoy International Holdings, which has paid its board $77.4 million in the year ended March 31 - nearly three-quarters of shareholders' profits. Compare this, say, with Hang Seng Bank, whose profits are 63 times larger than Vitasoy's yet whose board received $20.1 million in the last year. Vitasoy's payout is boosted by $45 million paid to Dr Lo Kwee-seong, the chap who used to be its chairman, as payment following his loss of office. Hey, wait a moment. He left at the end of 1993, before the firm was listed. Why should shareholders pay for this? Deacon of hope GOOD news, folks. Colourful tycoon Deacon Chiu Te-ken is getting better. Friends of Deacon were much worried during his court case about a year ago on conspiracy charges. The judge ordered a permanent stay of proceedings after hearing evidence Deacon was suffering from dementia. Since then he's been in a strange situation. He has been deemed unfit to stand trial, yet he's remained as chairman of the three listed companies. Someone who sees him regularly said yesterday: ''He's getting better. He has just been on a trip to the States with his wife.'' In fact she repeated the phrase ''He's getting better'' three times, although apparently he still keeps forgetting things. Tsk! Don't we all? This update is a service to the several people who rang us after seeing Deacon's picture so prominent in Business Post, wondering how anyone could be unfit to stand trial yet still be chairman of not one but three listed companies. Incidentally, one of his companies, Far East Consortium International, has stock exchange chairman Charles Lee Yeh-kwong on the board. Fancy that. Outside proof SEEING Dun and Bradstreet's slip above reminds us that earlier this month we printed an article pointing out to D & B that it'd invented a language called Enghlish in a brochure about communications courses. So it sent us a very nice letter saying ''a more prudent proof-reading procedure has been put in place to ensure that such a mistake will not happen again''. Unfortunately, it spelled our name wrong on the letter.