KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak last Saturday pledged millions of new jobs and more cash for low-income workers, ahead of a tough election battle expected early next month.
Mr. Najib is fighting to win a third term at the head of his ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which has governed Malaysia since independence in 1957 but has seen support drop in recent years. He faces a revived opposition and is battling a massive financial scandal.
“This war, we must win! Never let it go to the opposition!” he told a packed stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Mr. Najib said he would increase cash aid handouts to low-income households, as well as pledged to create three million jobs and gradually raise the minimum wage to at least RM1,500 (US$387) per month.
He faces a challenge from the opposition alliance Pact of Hope, led by 92-year-old former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. — AFP