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On 06/12/2016, you requested the version in force on 31/03/2005 incorporating all amendments published on or before 31/03/2005.
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Companies Act
Companies (Identical Names) Rules
R 3
G.N. No. S 18/2003
REVISED EDITION 2005
(31st March 2005)
[13th January 2003]
Citation
Names and change of names of companies
2.  For the purposes of sections 27 and 28 of the Act —
(a)
in determining whether one name is identical to another, the following shall be disregarded:
(i)
“The”, where it is the first word of the name;
(ii)
“Private”, “Pte”, “Sendirian”, “Sdn”, “Limited”, “Ltd”, “Berhad” and “Bhd”;
(iii)
the following words and expressions where they appear at the end of the name, except where the corporations concerned are related to each other within the meaning of section 6 of the Act:
“company”, “and company”, “corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Asia”, “Asia Pacific”, “International”, “Singapore”, “South Asia”, “South East Asia” and “Worldwide”;
(iv)
any word or expression which, in the opinion of the Registrar, is intended to represent any word or expression in sub-paragraph (iii), except where the corporations concerned are related to each other within the meaning of section 6 of the Act;
(v)
the plural version of the name;
(vi)
type and case of letters, spacing between letters and punctuation marks; and
(b)
the symbol “&” shall have the same meaning as the word “and”.
Mediation
3.  The Registrar may, with a view to resolving any dispute under section 27(2A) of the Act, refer the parties involved to mediation before giving any direction under that section.