9 out of 10 Malaysians wanted change, says survey
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
NINE out of 10 Malaysians wanted to see major reforms in the federal government, according to a survey conducted in February.

The survey, commissioned by the Centre for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet), also showed that Malaysians were united in their desire for reform.

Some 89% of Malay respondents, Chinese (91%), Indians (90%) and other communities felt that the federal government needed reform, said Cenbet.

“The findings on the widespread disquiet with the Najib Razak administration and with politicians in general corroborated the results of the 14th general election, which saw Pakatan Harapan seize federal power,” said Cenbet co-president Gan Ping Sieu today.

The survey that was conducted between February 8 and 22, showed that 79% of respondents felt that local governments were important but only 38% trusted them.

The level of Malaysian trustworthiness in the federal government was at 29%, politicians (16%), and mainstream media (23%).

Trust for alternative online media, however, was higher against mainstream media at 31%.

The institutions that recorded the highest trustworthiness were the Malaysian Armed Forces (60%), courts (45%) and police (44%).

However, only 32% of Malaysians surveyed felt that the independence of institutions was a priority. Topmost concerns were corruption (80%), crime (75%) and cost of living (74%).

Using the statistical tool “Regression Analysis”, the survey showed that respondents wanted reforms to cost of living, corruption and economic development issues.

Gan said the findings will be submitted to the Pakatan Harapan Committee on Institutional Reform.

The survey was conducted online by WAVY Consulting and involved 1,000 Malaysians across the country comprising with 63% Malays, Chinese (19%) and Indians (18%).

Cenbet is headed by Gan, who contested under the Barisan Nasional ticket in Kluang. The former MCA vice-president and Mengkibol state lawmaker lost to DAP’s Wong Shu Qi by 8,242 votes.

Gan was among the few MCA leaders who had called for Najib to take leave when the 1Malaysia Development Bhd issue cropped up in 2015. He had also served as a senator and a deputy minister in Najib’s cabinet in 2010. – June 12, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/54217
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