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     Last Wednesday, iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions organised a seminar on e-commerce in Singapore. Registration was by phone, fax or e-mail. I responded by e-mail early on Monday, the date of the advertisement. 

     No one replied to my registration request even though I had left my contact number. On Tuesday, I phoned their office to find out whether my registration was accepted and the lady on the line told me she would get back to me as soon as possible. I left her my contact number and reminded her the seminar was being held the next day. When no call came back by that evening, I went over to iPlanet's website and filled their feedback form to try to get an answer. 

     Today is Monday. The seminar has long gone but no one from the company has e-mailed or phoned me. My point is this. Although companies give out their e-mail addresses and encourage others to use them to communicate with the company, it will take a long while before some of these companies realise they need to train their staff to answer promptly e-mails sent to them. 

     In my case, I had to use both the phone and the e-mail to find out whether my registration request was accepted. I had to go around asking, first through e-mail, then phone and finally through the company's Internet website just to try to get an answer. In the end, I didn't even get as much as a ring from these chaps. And I didn't get to attend the seminar.

     Should the customer have to do all that legwork? What has happened to service? Perhaps, the event was so big that the organisers did not have the manpower to handle everything. That can't be the case, as iPlanet is owned by two global companies. Perhaps, as the seminar was FREE, there was no need to give a high level of service. But, what I got wasn't even service at all. I am still waiting for their reply. Have you ever been in such a situation?

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Today Monday 20 Mar 2000

In Singapore

Singapore will be divided into four or five districts in about a year. More functions will be hived off from the ministries to Community Development Councils (CDCs), says PM Goh Chok Tong. Each district will have a full-time mayor responsible for running the estate and overseeing the provision of social and municipal services. He will be assisted by a corp of professional staff.

PM Goh confirmed yesterday that he had given the go-ahead for a Speakers' Corner to be set up here. The idea for having such a corner, modelled after the Hyde Park corner in London which attracts speakers of all persuasions, was mooted by SM Lee Kuan Yew a year ago.

Asia 

Taipei: Lee Teng-Hui to quit as KMT chairman.

Jakarta: A team of Chinese doctors will conduct checks on President Abdurrahman Wahid, whose health has spooked financial markets, the government said yesterday.

Around the world

London: Tycoon Sir Richard Branson has become the third-richest Briton with an estimated wealth of 2.4 billion pounds (S$6.4 billion), according to a survey by the Sunday Times newspaper. 

New York: With DNA solving crime after crime, some American states are extending or dropping the statute of limitations on prosecuting rape and other violent offences in case a genetic match that can prove who did it turns up decades later.

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