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Najib Sees `Uphill Battle' for Malaysia Over Next Five Years

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said the country faces an "uphill battle" over the next five years in its plan to become a developed nation.

Najib introduced a program in 2010 to lure private investment, improve education and add high-quality jobs to propel the economy into high-income nation status by 2020, fulfilling a goal laid out by former leader Mahathir Mohamad. Najib said Tuesday that despite challenges he remains confident of achieving that target.