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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Prime minister Najib Razak has promised more cash handouts for the poor along with cheaper cars and homes if he is re-elected in a few weeks. 

He also vowed to take tougher steps to combat corruption as his long-ruling coalition seeks to fend off a resurgent alliance in upcoming national polls.

In a nationally televised address late Saturday, Mr Najib also offered improved transportation, education and health care, in an election manifesto urging 13 million voters to stick to the National Front coalition, which has ruled since independence from Britain in 1957.

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