Three quarters of Chinese respondents, when asked their view on the way the issue of MH370 was handled, replied that they were “dissatisfied” with the government (see bar chart below).
Among the Malays who were polled the same question on the missing MAS aircraft by the Merdeka Center, only 30 percent expressed their dissatisfaction.
The Merdeka Center survey was conducted among peninsular Malaysia voters in mid-March 2014.
Half the people think Malaysia is on wrong track
A total of 49 percent of the 1,005 voters surveyed in the Merdeka Center poll believed that the country is headed in the wrong direction (see pie chart below).
The respondents were drawn from all states across the peninsula and comprised equally of male and female.
The biggest cohort interviewed was the 31-40 age bracket (30$%) and the group earning an income of between RM1,501 and RM3,000 a month.
Chinese are the most critical citizens
Again it is the Chinese who have the least confidence in the ability of the present administration to helm the country.
Three quarters of the Chinese respondents said that Malaysia is headed in the wrong direction compared to only 33 percent of the Malay respondents (see bar chart above).
Only 23% Chinese satisfied with Ah Jib Gor
The Chinese are willing to cut Prime Minister Najib Razak slightly a little more slack than they do the government. Personally Najib is more popular than the government among the Chinese. The BN is the least popular, ranking lower than Najib and the government.
Nonetheless, only 23 percent of the Chinese are satisfied with Najib’s performance as PM (see bar chart below).
This figure is a tiny improvement of two percentage points from the same poll conducted by Merdeka Center in December 2013 when Najib’s approval rating among the Chinese hit an all-time low of 21 percent.
Malays most satisfied with Najib
Malays are represented by green in the line graph below, Indians yellow and Chinese red.
As you can see, the Chinese dissatisfaction towards Najib is the greatest among the three races.
Najib’s popularity among the Malays is fairly stable across the years from mid-2009 till present although it has fallen post-GE13.
His relationship with the Indian community over the same period of time is on the other hand characterized by peaks and troughs.
Among the Chinese, there is little that Najib can do right in their eyes and there is a discernible perception gap when compared with his reception from the other races.
Only 11% Chinese happy with BN
You can see in the graph above how the red line (Chinese) is lagging at the bottom and its distance from the yellow (Indian) and green (Malay) lines. It looks like Najib is suffering from unrequited love.
The PM’s rejection by the Chinese community is pitiful to watch. Even bringing the pandas from China appears to be of no help.
But perhaps Najib can derive a small consolation from the nugget that inasmuch as the Chinese are unhappy with him, they hate the BN far more. Eight out of 10 Chinese are “angry” at the ruling party (see bar chart below).
Only 11 percent are “happy” with the BN. This figure corresponds with the breakdown of 10 percent or merely one out of every 10 Chinese that can be persuaded to pangkah Dacing.