Malaysians still strongly favour a Malay Muslim male prime minister (MMM-PM), revealed a survey by non-governmental organisation Kuasa.
In a statement, Kuasa revealed its findings and added that based on the survey, it expected Opposition parties to struggle in Perak and Selangor – where the survey was conducted – due to the absence of PAS.
The survey took stock of the priorities of Malaysians.
Kuasa noted that nearly half of the 1,286 respondents listed MMM-PM as one of the top three priorities — out of the 10 priorities listed in the survey.
Two out of five Malay respondents listed this as their first priority. For the Chinese, MMM-PM came in as a close second priority after “defending Malaysia’s sovereignty”.
When the question of bread and butter issues was presented, only 44 per cent of Malay respondents placed MMM-PM as a priority over bread and butter issues.
For the non-Malays, such bread and butter issues were a far greater priority.
The survey also revealed that Malays above the age of 50 were more likely to see MMM-PM as a primary concern. There were no non-Malays with a tertiary education who ranked MMM-PM as a top priority.
“The high regard for a MMM-PM shows that the population’s psyche is affected by the issue,” said Kuasa CEO Praba Ganesan.
He said while bread and butter issues countered the priority for a MMM-PM, it would need more championing to downplay the concern for a MMM-PM.
Praba said it would be an uphill task for the DAP-led Opposition in Perak, together with Amanah and PKR, due to the absence of PAS, which meant a lack of strong Malay leaders.
In Selangor, Praba said the incumbents will suffer if there was no clarity as to whether PAS would join forces with PKR, DAP and Amanah against Umno.
However, he noted that the Opposition will still take Selangor, but without the super majority it got in GE13.
Praba said political parties can pick up support by being specific in how to improve bread and butter issues, and not harp merely on corruption and the lack of transparency.
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