KUALA LUMPUR: Economic and race-related issues were the top concerns of voters in Peninsular Malaysia as they entered the new year, a poll released yesterday revealed.
More than 430 people, or 43 per cent of the Fourth Quarter 2008 Peninsular Malaysia Voter Opinion Survey respondents, ranked “unfavourable economic conditions”, “rising cost of living” and “unemployment” as the three most troubling issues.Â
Race-related concerns such as “racial inequality”, “worsening ethnic relations” and “lack of unity among Malaysians” followed closely with 17 per cent.
The survey carried out by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research between Dec 26 and Jan 2, also found governance-related issues came in third, with many citing “corruption” and “ineffective or unconcerned government” as worrisome.
The survey also vetted voters in the effectiveness of the newly-established Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, with only 43 per cent expressing confidence in its ability to fight corruption.
But, as the Merdeka Centre pointed out, the survey was carried out before the multiple arrests by the MACC recently.
Interestingly, 468 out of 1,018 voters or 46 per cent were satisfied with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s performance.
Asked whether Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak would make a good prime minister once he succeeds Abdullah, 41 per cent responded positively.
The survey, which also looked at public perception of MCA following the party elections, revealed that the majority of the respondents wanted MCA to “pressure the government to treat Malaysians fairly irrespective of race”. Another 19 per cent expected the party to address the recession.Â
When asked whether they felt component parties such as the MCA were fairly treated in the Barisan Nasional coalition, more than half the Malay respondents felt the parties were treated fairly, but 66 per cent of Chinese said otherwise.
Source : New Strait Times