Support for Barisan will drop further if it ignores rising cost, says varsity survey

The Malaysian Insider
December 24, 2013

Support for the Barisan Nasional administration will drop further if it fails to deal with the rising cost of living experienced by Malaysians, another study has found today.

At the same time, the study by the Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMCEDEL) showed that 61% of respondents disagreed with the Government’s plan to introduce a goods and services tax in 2015.

The study showed that only 20% of those polled agreed with the initiative.

UMCEDEL director Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said that the rise in electricty and petrol prices had a severe impact on those polled and that 52% of them felt that the Government’s BR1M (1Malaysia People’s Aid) handouts were inadequate to deal with rising prices.

Of the 1,676 respondents in the peninsula, about 42% were concerned with the rise in petrol prices, while 34% said they felt the effect of the rise in the price of goods and 24% felt the the hike in electricity tariffs would impact on them.

The survey was conducted between December 6 and 8.

Last week, a Merdeka Center survey found that concerns over the economy, particularly rising costs and inflation, rose to its highest ever level, up to 67% of all respondents.

The survey found that 55% of voters in the peninsula said that they also did not understand the impact of the GST on their lives.

Additionally, 54% of respondents reported that they did not believe in statements by government leaders about the country’s economic situation.

The people had also lost faith in schemes, such as BR1M, to mitigate the higher cost of living and its role in increasing support for BN, the survey showed.

It added that 47% of rural dwellers said that BR1M had no bearing on their support for BN while 46% of respondents admitted that the handouts did not change their party support.

Redzuan said: “After BR1M’s first handout, BN support was at 49%. But by the time the fourth BR1M handout came along, BN support went down to 42%.

“The wow factor is gone by the time the subsequent handouts were given to the people.”

The introduction of the GST was also unpopular among a large segment of the public. The Government was faulted for its poor handling of GST information, said political analyst Shaharuddin Badaruddin from UiTM, who was also present at UMCEDEL today.

“The opposition’s message on the GST has been more successful than the Government’s own message. Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s explanation failed to shift people’s perception.

“The Government has failed to explain that the GST would not alter the price of goods and services. It now has to prove that prices would, in fact, be lower after GST to convince the public of its adoption.” – December 23, 2013.

  1. #1 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - 12:29 pm

    It does not need any high flown survey done by any university to tell us that BN will lose support with the latest flurry of policies that are seriously burdening the men in the street. It is not rocket science and I am sure the PM’s policy advisers and highly paid external consultants would have cautioned him on such an eventuality. So this begs the question why still proceed if the backlash is negative.

    Answer is simple. The Govt is broke. It needs money and needs them urgently. Fastest way is to reduce the subsidies and implementing the GST because these will generate immediate revenues for the Govt. GE 14 is still 4.5 years away and there is still time to do damage control.

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 5:00 am

    Adoi, d UMCEDEL kaki r out of sync/touch with d REAL world under UmnoB gomen’s control

    D rising cost of living experienced by Malaysians WILL NOT cause support 4 UmnoB/BN 2 drop further or cause UmnoB/BN 2 lose d next GE

    No, Sir, nothing like dat will ever happen

    U no know meh when d next GE comes around, UmnoB + its manipulator Perkosa will UP their racist n apartheid slogans n blood-thirsty war cries, plus a fistful of $$$ in2 d pockets of gullible n die-die must vote 4 UmnoB/BN voters

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 8:32 am

    Its most interesting that at the same time they make ask this question, they also ask whether the Malays believe “Allah” should be exclusively for Muslims.

    The fact these question were ask show that those with enough critical brain know that the UMNO/BN is now abusing religion and race issue because its failing on social-economic front.

    They are not going to stop. So the issue is when the next GE comes, can PR sells the proof of UMNO/BN failures when it will be sophisticatedly hidden and lied about such as the deficit, the educational failures, the crime, the judiciary mess?

    I predict that the biggest condemnation of UMNO/BN come GE 14 is the data on migration of bumiputeras – the best and brightest clearly want no part of what is being build here. Can PR make the Malays care for such things?

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