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The revision of the 2016 Budget to be carried out by the government to cushion the impact of plunging oil prices and various economic factors is hoped will not have drastic adverse effects on the people's lives.

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye hoped that the government would come up with a strategy to amicably amend the allocation made during the tabling of the 2016 Budget last October by giving priority to the less-affordable group.

He said the 2016 Budget had to be revised to enable the country to be more realistic in facing the present economic situation which was becoming more challenging.

"The people have to accept this fact, but in making the amendments, we hope there will be no action that will affect the livelihood of the people, especially the less-affordable group who are being burdened with the rising cost of living.

"For example, the distribution of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M)...we hope it will be maintained and allocations for other matters involving the welfare of the low-income earners will not be cut," he told Bernama here Sunday.

Lee, who is also chairman of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Malaysian

More than 80,000 people flocked to Miri City Council (MCC) Field during the 3-day `Sejiwa Senada 2016’ that ended on Sunday.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who closed the event on Sunday, attributed its success to the good work of the organiser in bringing the government and people together.

He thanked all those involved, including government agencies, for helping to disseminate information concerning the government’s policies to the people.

Present at the closing

United States : The United States and South Korea are discussing sending more strategic US assets to the Korean peninsula following the North’s claimed hydrogen bomb test last week.

On Sunday a B52 bomber flanked by US and South Korean fighter jets flew over Osan Air Base in a show of strength.

The White House said the low level flight underscored a deep and enduring alliance with its ally South Korea.

“Deployment of American strategic assets is highly crucial. North Korea has conducted

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said Sarawak will be developed 'the Sarawakian way' without interference from people or quarters from outside the state. Adenan also said he would not bow down to critics who opposed his way of steering the state to greater heights.

Speaking at the launch of this year's Sejiwa, Senada programme here today, Adenan said the fate of Sarawak lies in its own hands.

"Rest assured, the fate of our state is controlled by Sarawakians. Who knows Sarawak better than

BEIJING : French luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton is seeking damages from three people convicted of offering counterfeit versions of its clothing, shoes and handbags on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's popular Taobao shopping website, a Beijing court said.

A district court in Beijing accepted the lawsuit filed by Louis Vuitton, owned by LVMH, the world's biggest luxury group, last Monday, according to a statement on the court's website.

The company is taking the three defendants, two of them

Britain : Music Legend David Bowie has died after losing an 18-month battle with cancer, his son has confirmed.

Britain’s Prime Minister led the tributes to Bowie, who he called a “master of re-invention”.

His death comes days after the release of his first new album in a decade, entitled Black Star.

BANGKOK : Thailand plans to produce about 25 million tonnes of rice in the 2016-2017 crop instead of the normal production output of between 31-32 million tonnes in the last periods, according to the latest report released by the country's Ministry of Commerce.

The decision to cut output is prompted by a huge rice inventory and severe droughts in the country, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Commerce permanent secretary Chutima Boonyaprapat said that the private and farming sectors had

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