Massive coverup likely to hide Mahathir’s true popularity rating

Following is an article published by NST Online complete with responses by TTF (in blue):

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no tangible change in public satisfaction with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a political leader and support for Pakatan Harapan (PH) as the ruling party since August.

TTF: Actually, when you find the government of the day harping on the Prime Minister’s ratings day in day out, you know that his ratings have dropped.

It’s a typical case of “siapa makan cili dia rasa pedas.”

A week ago, Rafizi pointed to a 20 per cent plunge in Mahathir’s ratings across the board since the 14th general election concluded.

In response, the Prime Minister got some people in IIUM to conduct a survey comprising a mere 1,469 respondents.

The respondents reportedly returned him a mandate that resembled the one he received during the 14th general election.

However, the fact that the IIUM survey could have been biased gets very clear when one considers that Rafizi was near spot on with predictions prior to GE14.

Besides, in this day and time, you can easily conduct random polls with as many as 10,000 to 100,000 respondents per poll through Facebook pages dedicated to completely random audiences.

It gets even better when you consider that a popular Facebook page dedicated to fans of the Prime Minister polled him at 17 per cent compared to the 83 per cent score they gave Najib.

Can you imagine what the score would have been if it had it not been a Mahathir fan page?

Is it not likely that the Prime Minister would have far polled below the 10 per cent mark?

And they say he’s a popular Prime Minister…

This is the outcome of a nationwide survey conducted in December by Prof Datuk Seri Syed Arabi Idid and his assistant Azrul Hisyam Wakichan of the Electoral Studies Unit, International Islamic University of Malaysia. It is the continuation of the first study conducted in August 2018 on national current issues.

TT: Can Prof Datuk Seri Syed Arabi Idid publish the exact methods he employed and statistical tools he used?

Can he reveal the socioeconomic and sociopolitical factors he used when selecting respondents?

The December survey also found public satisfaction with other leaders – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak – going up or down by one per cent or remaining the same compared with the outcome in August 2018.

TTF: I can’t believe a damn thing unless a Facebook page belonging to the Prime Minister’s Office conducts a poll like the one conducted by the Mahathir fan page I spoke of (see pic below).

However, only DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is also Finance Minister, recorded a notable increase in public satisfaction from 36 per cent to 45 per cent during the same period.

TTF: Really? 

With all the blunders and lies and the polls conducted via Facebook which shows him to be among the most unpopular of men in Malaysia today?

With practically the entire Malaysian-Muslim community being against him and the DAP after his ministry stole assets belonging to Malay-Muslims?


When respondents were asked which party they would vote for if elections were held today, 55 per cent chose Pakatan Harapan (including Warisan), Barisan Nasional (24 per cent) and PAS (16 per cent).

TTF: With Barisan Nasional being virtually non existent?


In the earlier study in August , 56 per cent said they preferred voting for PH, as against BN (24 per cent) and PAS (14 per cent).


Like in the earlier study, the highest support for PH came from the Chinese community (73 per cent) followed by Indians (56 per cent), and Malays and Bumiputeras at 42 per cent, the same percentage as August.

Dr Mahathir still commands the respect of the masses, regardless of race, income, education and gender, with 62 per cent of the respondents expressing their satisfaction with him both in August and December.

The December study involved 1,469 respondents while the study in August had 1,500 respondents. The respondents including in Sabah and Sarawak were personally interviewed and were chosen based on population density, racial composition, different educational backgrounds, age and gender.

Source: NST Online

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