Majority of Malaysians are for the Right Wingers

Recently, a lot of Gallup Polls being commissioned by so many parties, to understand the run up of much talked about 12th General Election lurking round the corner, although the full term of the Dewan Rakyat is not due till March 2009.

The NST recently published the results of the poll, which claimed to be reflective of the general sentiment of Malaysians:

DEMOCRACY IN ASIA: Malaysia scores big in Gallup International poll

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Survey shows Malaysians have full faith in free, fair elections
* 74% of Malaysians feel that elections in the country are free and fair
* 69% feel that the people are well-represented by the government
That’s the highest in the region, where an average 53% of the people believe that elections in their country are neither free nor fair, and nearly 61% do not feel that their government follows the will of the people.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians are the most confident in Asia of their country’s free and fair elections, and outrank most of the region in their faith in democracy, according to an international poll.

A new global survey, Voice of the People, conducted by TNS and Gallup International, found three-quarters of Malaysians answered yes to whether “elections in your country are free and fair”, the highest among 10 nations in Asia, and exceeding by far the 47 per cent world average.

TNS is a global market insight and information group with offices in more than 70 countries. Gallup International is the renowned polling outfit based in Zurich.

The survey, which included a study on democracy in Asia, was done between June and August this year and involved more than 60,000 people in 57 countries excluding China. The results were released yesterday.
With a sample size of 1,250 Malaysians, 74 per cent felt that elections in this country were legitimate and 69 per cent believed that government was by the will of the people.

The sample was selected from urban areas in the peninsula and respondents were interviewed face-to-face.

“This belief in the transparency of elections is in contrast to the sentiment expressed by more than half of respondents across the region who do not consider their country’s election process to be so impartial,” TNS and Gallup said in a statement.

At the other end of the scale, only 16 per cent in Pakistan believed their elections were free and fair. The others were: India (55 per cent), Hong Kong (51 per cent), Indonesia (58 per cent), Japan (50 per cent), Korea (55 per cent), the Philippines (22 per cent) and Singapore (68 per cent).

The survey also showed that an average of 53 per cent in the region believed elections in their countries were neither free nor fair and 61 per cent did not feel their government followed the will of the people when it came to making decisions.

Around the region nearly eight out of 10 people surveyed (78 per cent) agreed with the idea that democracy might have problems but it is still the best system of government.

In Malaysia, 85 per cent believed democracy was best, more than any other country except Indonesia (89 per cent) and Vietnam (86 per cent). The rest all scored above 75 per cent.

Satisfaction in democracy overall was also prevalent in the region. An average of seven in 10 interviewees (73 per cent) declared themselves to be content.

About 88 per cent in Malaysia were satisfied with democracy, a higher proportion than the bedrock of Asian democracy, India, with 79 per cent. The others were: Hong Kong (71 per cent), Indonesia (69 per cent), Japan (79 per cent), Korea (75 per cent), Pakistan (66 per cent), the Philippines (63 per cent), Singapore (81 per cent) and Vietnam (89 per cent).

Globally, 79 per cent of the people surveyed believed democracy was the best system and 69 per cent were satisfied with democracy.

The Merdeka Centre, an independent professional polling body, which received their training by the Americans during the height of the ‘Reformasi’ days concurred with this result. Separately, they found that 70% of Malaysians approve of the decisions and management of the country by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. This is easily explained as the Malays, who are 65% of the populi, dwell and live as part of the 70% Malaysians in the rural areas. In general, these segment of voters are not ICT and internet savvy and oblivion to the issues raised and debated online.

Since June 2006, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad started to criticize his predecessor openly. The popularity of Prime Minister Abdullah sometime fell to slightly below 50% as compared to near negligible effect when former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was sacked from office on 2 September 1998, made his attacks since being released from jail upon the over turning of his 9 years conviction back in 2004.

In short, the Anwar Ibrahim politics and fashion of trying to make a comeback in the mainstream politics wholesomely is not acceptable and the voters no longer find him ‘appealing’.

It is clearly shown that the issues former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir continuously and consistently raised and vehemently criticise, which are the nineteen points raised in the four eyed meeting on 22 October 2006, were very much relevant and tangible in the eyes of Malaysians.

The former UMNO President also made consistent calls for UMNO members not to fear and worry pre-mature leadership roll-over, since February 2007 and wanted the necessary changes been done through UMNO, which is the mainstay of the 14 party coalition Government that currently control 90% of the 219 seat Dewan Rakyat. He once said the Chinese use their voting rights strategically as compared to the Malays.

Published in: on December 17, 2007 at 07:17  Comments (2)  

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  1. honestly,
    i really don’t think anyone of those who komen in most malaysian blog even know what is right & left wing stand for….
    for malaysia politic is not base on right or left wing…
    it only stand on BN wing. which is racial politic!

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