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Arduous budget ahead for Najib

Devalued ringgit has made nearly everything costlier given Malaysia's high import bill

TOUGHER RIDE: Recent petrol and toll hikes in Malaysia have worsened the strain on many retirees, wage earners and the urban poor - who are struggling to keep afloat and hoping for some relief from next Friday's budget.

Kuala Lumpur

AS daily living costs soar amid slumping commodity prices, a feeble currency, and weak business and consumer sentiment, crafting Malaysia's Budget 2016 to the satisfaction of the common man will be arduous.

Add to the economic mix the controversial goings-on involving