KUALA LUMPUR – May 11, 2017: Pribumi Bersatu has admitted that the results of its study on the leadership choice of Malaysians released yesterday were not based on current situations and its findings inconclusive.
According to the party’s information chief Datuk Kamaruddin Md. Noor, the study titled “What Malaysians Want?” which placed Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the most popular choice to helm the country was commissioned last year.
It was conducted by academicians from several local universities, including the International Islamic University and University Malaya, between March and August last year.
The findings were made public by party strategist Datuk Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff.
Commenting on netizens’ reactions to the findings, Kamaruddin said that people should not over scrutinise.
“I noted that some disagree but in politics things change constantly. There should not worry too much over it. Take it as it is… after all, it was a last year’s research,” he remarked.
The survey polled 3,000 respondents in 30 parliamentary constituencies, including those in Sabah and Sarawak. It covered several major issues like the most popular party and people‘s sentiment over PAS-Umno ties.
It also included a question on the most popular choice for prime minister, with Muhyiddin topping the list by 37.3 per cent. It compared 16 other leaders including from the ruling government.
The findings peeved many in cyberspace, including opposition supporters, who say the exercise was done in favour of the party.
Augustin Anthony in expressing his annoyance asked, “Is this survey done by Muhyiddin’s supporters?”
Kurdt Liew , who was on the same page quipped,”Do the surveyors smoke crack?”
Eddie NG thinks the research was done by the academicians simply to impress Pribumi Bersatu top leadership.
Shunmuganar Muthalagu agrees, adding that Muhyiddin is not as eligible as former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lead the country.
Dr Mahathir came in second on the list with his support at 35.9 per cent, followed by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (34.3 per cent), Pribumi Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (32 per cent) and Pas Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz (30.8 per cent).