15 August 2018
100 days: Survey shows PH government’s approval rating at 67%
The Merdeka Center survey shows, however, that many voters are not happy with the government’s efforts to bring down the cost of living.
Merdeka Center polled 1,160 registered voters between Aug 7 and 14 to gauge voters’ perceptions of current developments.
The respondents comprised 52% Malays, 29% Chinese, 7% Indians, 6% Muslim Bumiputeras, and 6% non-Muslim Bumiputeras, (from Sabah and Sarawak), reflective of the national electoral profile. They were interviewed over the phone.
The pollster posed several questions, including whether the nation was heading in the right direction and if voters were happy with efforts to reform institutions, to the respondents. The result:
- 55% of voters believed the country was now headed in the right direction, compared with 38% in April 2018;
- 60% of voters expressed satisfaction in the way the government was managing the economy now, up from 34% in April 2018;
- 56% of voters were optimistic about the prospects of the national economy compared with 31% in April 2018; and
- 56% of voters were satisfied with the overall performance of the PH government in fulfilling their election promises to date.
- On whether they were satisfied with a number of different issues:
- 82% said they were satisfied with the results of the 14th general election – this also included voters who chose other parties;
- 72% were satisfied with the efforts to reform government institutions;
- 69% were positive about measures to improve inter-ethnic harmony;
- 65% were satisfied with measures to fight corruption;
- 48% were satisfied with the government over how it intended to grow the economy; and
- 41% were satisfied with measures to address cost of living pressures, while 55% were dissatisfied.
The survey showed that 64% of the respondents name the economy as their top concern. However, concerns over inflation or cost of living, though still high at 50%, had abated from the 57% recorded in April 2018.
According to the survey, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Community and Family Affairs Dr Wan Azizah had the highest approval rating among ministers at 75%.
Next was Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali with 64%, Minister of Home Affairs Muhyiddin Yassin with 62% and Lim Guan Eng with 60%.
There were differences in the satisfaction rates among the different races. For instance, Malay respondents gave Lim a satisfaction rate of 44% while non-Malays gave him 84%. Malays gave Azmin 68% while non-Malays gave him 60%.
Only Dr Wan Azizah bucked the trend, receiving an approval rating of 71% from Malays and 79% from non-Malays.
30 July 2018
March 9, 2018
PH manifesto to focus on 10 promises in 100 days
SHAH ALAM: Pakatan Harapan (PH) today launched its official manifesto for the 14th general election (GE14), under the title “10 promises in 100 days, to build the nation and fulfill hope”.
PH chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah told the crowd at the Ideal Convention Centre that the coalition will also be driven by five pillars containing 60 promises to be fulfilled over the next five years.
“The 200-page document, which took the coalition 15 months to complete, is a practical, not a populist, manifesto,” Saifuddin said.
The 10 promises that PH will implement within the first 100 days are: scrap the goods and services tax (GST), have targeted petrol subsidies, eliminate Felda settlers’ debts, enable housewives to contribute to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), streamline minimum wages, return the status of Sabah and Sarawak according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), suspend PTPTN higher education fund repayments for those earning below RM4,000, have “healthcare” scheme for all, open investigations into scandals, and review mega projects.
“The manifesto is aimed at creating a better Malaysia in terms of the economy, race relations, strengthening of government institutions, foreign affairs and good governance, among others,” Saifuddin said.
Referring to the five pillars that will be the main focus of the manifesto, he said that the first two pillars are to focus on reducing the people’s burden and strengthening government institutions.
“The third pillar is to focus on people’s economy, while the fourth and fifth pillars are to decentralise powers for Sabah and Sarawak, and bring back the glory days of Malaysia.”
8 March 2018
An overview of Harapan’s manifesto
Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan tonight unveiled its manifesto, ahead of the 14th general election.
Among others, the 138-page manifesto seeks to tackle the rising cost of living, should it capture Putrajaya.
This includes the promise of abolishing GST and tolls, in phases, as well as channelling fuel subsidies to targeted groups.
The document also tries to address the Malay agenda, while at the same time, listing out demands that have long been made by the Chinese and Indian communities.
The manifesto released in Shah Alam, also promises that Harapan would significantly reduce the power of the prime minister, including blocking the premier from holding any other portfolios and slashing by half, the allocation and the number of ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Harapan also pledged to address the monopolies in the country, such as in the rice industry by Bernas and Astro in the satellite television industry.
The manifesto unveiling ceremony was attended by senior leaders of the coalition’s component party, such as Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad, president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and others.
Some of the rule of law/institutional reform promises in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.