Mitsubishi, which means three diamonds is synonymous with a diverse group of companies engaging in wide spectrum of business activities. Incorporated on 17 November 1955 in Singapore, they are a branch office of Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo which is one of the largest and most diverse enterprise in the world over 200 bases of operations in approximately 80 countries worldwide and a network of over 500 group companies and a multinational workforce of nearly 60,000 people. In Singapore, MC Singapore Branch as well as 9 subsidiary companies are promoting business in the domestic market and the region. Generally classified as a trading company, their operation extends beyond this classification to include activities in manufacturing, distribution, retailing, financing and many others.



Cathay Building, located at the foot of Mount Sophia, was once the tallest building in Singapore. It used to house the popular Cathay Cinema as well as the famous Cathay Hotel and Cathay Restaurant. The cinema was opened in 1939 while the main tower was completed in 1941. During World War II, the building served as the “brain centre” for the colonial government, functioning similarly for the Japanese forces during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945). A new building extension was later added next to Cathay Building. It housed a restaurant and a small cinema called Picturehouse which specialised in art films. The new cinema was opened on 17 November 1990, with an initial ticket charge of $6 per person. On 10 February 2003, it was gazetted as a national monument of Singapore.





The Cabinet 2001 (as of 23 November 2001) was announced by Goh Chok Tong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, on Saturday, 17 November 2001. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the presence of Nathan, S. R., the President of Singapore, on 23 November 2001 at the State Room, Istana. The 2001 cabinet line-up also saw the appointment of five new first-term Members of Parliament as Ministers of State. They included Vivian Balakrishnan (Dr), Cedric Foo, Ng Eng Hen (Dr), Raymond Lim and Balaji Sadasivan (Dr). Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Khaw Boon Wan were the other two "recruits" appointed to Senior Minister of State ranking.