Hope Najib Will Not Be Taken In By Merdeka Centre Survey July 16, 2009
Posted by malaysianstory in A Better Tomorrow, A New Chapter, Malaysian Story, Najib Tun Razak.
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We hope our Prime Minister will not be taken in by Merdeka Centre’s approval rating which shows that his popularity has surged to 65 percent from 42 percent in mid-May.
Twenty-two per cent others are dissatisfied with his performance while 13 per cent were undecided, according to the Merdeka survey.
Maybe Najib is walking on “Cloud Nine” and smiling from ear-to-ear over his increased popularity. But I hope it will not lead him to complacency as the rating did not really give the true picture of the people’s sentiments, especially among the Malays.
The poll showed that 62 percent of the 1,062 respondents, questioned between June 19 and July 1, approved of the liberalisation measures and that 60 percent believed it would help Malays in the long term.
Except to say that Merdeka Center is an opinion research firm, it does not say the backgrounds and racial composition of respondents it engages in its surveys i.e.. how many Malays, Chinese and Indians etc.
As such, the results raise a lot of questions as to whether they reflect the feelings and sentiments of the majority.
The firm in its news report stated that Najib, who was appointed prime minister in April, had initially struggled to establish his popularity but has in his first 100 days in office set out a raft of reforms to open up Malaysia’s economy to boost growth
One hundred days later and after a slew of measures to reform the economy, Malaysians appear to be warming up to the PM, a latest survey by an independent polling house shows.
We must remember that most of the economic reforms initiated by Najib did not go down well with the Malays. Maybe they are well accepted by the Chinese. The fact that Merdeka Centre fails to realise is that the Malays make up 65% of the country’s population and about 11mil of them are registered voters.
I did some background checking on this firm and found some details below.
Merdeka’s functions include:
- Conducting social analysis and research with particular emphasis on developing social indicators and data sources;
- Designing and implementing social, political and economic surveys, including public opinion polls;
- Disseminating research findings through publications, briefings and other channels with a view to broaden and enhance the quality of public debate, and
- Assisting clients to understand the issues driving their reputations, and to make their communications work more effectively
Except for these superficial backgrounds and functions of Merdeka Centre, I do not see any credibility in its research and surveys.
I believe that going down to the ground is the most effective way for Najib to hear exactly how the rakyat feels about him and his administration. He was the one who drummed up the slogan “We must feel the heartbeat of the people to understand their problem.”
And not based on some flimsy survey.