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World 26 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Thai PM hands out cheques, thousands protest

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 20,000 protesters surrounded the offices of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday, distracting his government as it began giving cash handouts to the poor in a bid to stave off recession.

Nation 13 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Bracing for the financial tsunami

Rather than providing cash handouts to score political points, the Government has opted for longer-term fiscal flexibility to tackle the slowing economy.

World 31 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Hamas paying Gaza war compensation in cheques

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas's government in the Gaza Strip said on Friday it had started giving cheques, rather than cash handouts, to families whose homes were destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive in the territory.

World 16 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Rebel former minister underscores Japan PM's woes

TOKYO (Reuters) - A former Japanese cabinet minister who quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) this week was set to unveil a new policy group on Friday, in the latest blow to unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso.

Business 03 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Consumer spending holds key

WHEN Malaysia faced an economic downturn in the late 1990s as a result of the Asian financial crisis, then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad (now Tun) urged Malaysian consumers not to pull back their spending so as to help the country get out of recession.

Community 28 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

Reinstate dividends, Yayasan Sabah told

The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) wants the long-shelved Yayasan Sabah cash handouts for Sabahans to be reinstated.

World 12 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

Indonesia kicks off parliamentary vote campaign

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia started campaigning on Saturday evening for parliamentary elections next year, as a recent poll showed a drop in support for the two main party's in the ruling coalition after a fuel price hike in May.

World 12 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

Indonesia kicks off parliamentary vote campaign

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia started campaigning on Saturday evening for parliamentary elections next year, as a recent poll showed a drop in support for the two main party's in the ruling coalition after a fuel price hike in May.

Nation 26 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

Umno members can now make cash offerings

Umno members are now allowed to offer cash contributions to the party but only through state party liaisons and divisions during the coming party polls under the newly amended code of ethics, said Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.