Pollster Merdeka Center today revealed that half of those surveyed in its recent poll said they “do not believe in the government’s statements about the economy”.
The Public Opinion Survey 2013 revealed that 21% of the respondents “strongly disbelieved” any government statement, while the remaining 33% “somewhat disbelieved”. Only 1% responded that they do strongly believe in statements issued by the government.
This means that 54% of the respondents do not trust Malaysia’s economic performance as espoused by Putrajaya.
Also 49% of respondents said the country was heading in the wrong direction, citing factors such the rising cost of living, inflation, the price hike, and unfavourable economic conditions in general.
As for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), 55% said they did not understand what it was, with 20% saying they absolutely knew nothing about the tax.
The GST was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when the 2014 Budget was tabled. The tax will be implemented in 2015.
Merdeka Center’s Public Opinion Survey 2013 was based on answers by 1005 voters aged 21 and above interviewed through telephone.
The respondents were from all states across West Malaysia.
They were selected through a random stratified sampling method along the lines of ethnicity, gender, age and parliament constituencies. – December 18, 2013.