Malaysian prime minister’s popularity shrinks

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Najib1The approval rating of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has hit the lowest point since he took office in 2009, according to survey results released on December 18. The opinion poll conducted by Merdeka Centre among 1,055 registered voters in December showed Najib’s approval rating has declined to 52 per cent from 62 per cent in August when the centre’s last poll was conducted.

His popularity appears to have been dented by the government’s reduction of fuel subsidies in September 2013, its plan to raise the electricity tariff by 15 per cent from January 2014 and the planned introduction of a 6 per cent goods and services tax.

“Concern over the economy, particularly in the form of rising costs and inflation, rose to its highest ever recorded level of up to 67 per cent of all respondents,” the independent center said in a statement.

In Malaysia’s race-based politics, the center said, the slide in Najib’s approval ratings cut across all races although support for him among the dominant ethnic Malays remained strongest at 66 per cent compared with ethnic Chinese at 21 per cent and ethnic Indians at 57 per cent.

Ethnic Malays, comprising over 60 per cent of the country’s 29 million people, form the core support of Najib’s party, the United Malays National Organisation. He has recently vowed to expand the privileges accorded to the Malays, perceived by his government as economically lagging behind the minority Chinese.

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The approval rating of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has hit the lowest point since he took office in 2009, according to survey results released on December 18. The opinion poll conducted by Merdeka Centre among 1,055 registered voters in December showed Najib’s approval rating has declined to 52 per cent from 62 per cent in August when the centre’s last poll was conducted.

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Najib1The approval rating of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has hit the lowest point since he took office in 2009, according to survey results released on December 18. The opinion poll conducted by Merdeka Centre among 1,055 registered voters in December showed Najib’s approval rating has declined to 52 per cent from 62 per cent in August when the centre’s last poll was conducted.

His popularity appears to have been dented by the government’s reduction of fuel subsidies in September 2013, its plan to raise the electricity tariff by 15 per cent from January 2014 and the planned introduction of a 6 per cent goods and services tax.

“Concern over the economy, particularly in the form of rising costs and inflation, rose to its highest ever recorded level of up to 67 per cent of all respondents,” the independent center said in a statement.

In Malaysia’s race-based politics, the center said, the slide in Najib’s approval ratings cut across all races although support for him among the dominant ethnic Malays remained strongest at 66 per cent compared with ethnic Chinese at 21 per cent and ethnic Indians at 57 per cent.

Ethnic Malays, comprising over 60 per cent of the country’s 29 million people, form the core support of Najib’s party, the United Malays National Organisation. He has recently vowed to expand the privileges accorded to the Malays, perceived by his government as economically lagging behind the minority Chinese.

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