No. S 18
Companies Act
(Chapter 50)
Companies (Identical Names) Rules 2003
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 27(2D) of the Companies Act, the Registrar of Companies hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Companies (Identical Names) Rules 2003 and shall come into operation on 13th January 2003.
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 of a company 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:
“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);
(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”.
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.
Made this 8th day of January 2003.
Registrar of Companies,
[RCB0510/TWS/F200204216Q; AG/LEG/SL/50/2002/1 Vol. 3]