Poll: Malay approval for Najib’s gov’t hits all-time low

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s government has for the first time lost the approval of the majority of Malay voters, according to a poll.

Singapore’s The Straits Times (ST), citing a survey by independent pollster Merdeka Centre, said only 31 percent of Malay voters is satisfied with the government.

This is the first time approval for the government among Malays has fallen below 50 percent since Merdeka Centre began recording the data in February 2012.

The fall among Malay voters was drastic as it had stood at 52 percent this January.

The demography is significant as it forms the bedrock of Umno’s support base that has helped sustain the ruling coalition despite the weakness of some of its other coalition partners.

The survey was revealed to analysts in the financial sector last week, according to ST.

The government’s overall approval rating also plummeted to 23 percent, the worst since the polls started in 2012.

5pct Chinese approval

As for Chinese voters, only five percent approved of the government compared to 11 percent this January.

The survey found the government’s falling approval rating was largely attributed to its handling of the economy.

The survey found only 17 percent of respondents were satisfied with how the government was handling the economy, compared to 78 percent who were dissatisfied.

The survey was conducted among respondents in Peninsular Malaysia in August, shortly after Najib dismissed Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for his critical stance on 1MDB.

Poll: Malay approval for Najib’s gov’t hits all-time low
17/10/15 – malaysiakini


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