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Malaysia election

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim wages final battle to be prime minister

Mahathir's protege and enemy wins big crowds but still searches for votes

Anwar Ibrahim adjusts his cap during a campaign rally in Ulu Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, on Nov. 16. For the fourth time, Anwar appears close to realizing his greatest political ambition.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Thousands of people gathered on a mini soccer field in an urban constituency of Batu, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, cheering throughout a 20-minute speech by Anwar Ibrahim, one of the stars of federal elections taking place this weekend.

"If I become your prime minister," Anwar told the crowd, "I promise not to take a salary because I care for the people, and it would be unethical to pocket a fat salary while my people are suffering on the ground."

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