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Monday, December 23, 2013

Look at Najib’s performance as a whole’

| December 19, 2013

PM will come up with more measures to move country's performance forward as a whole, assures MCA leader.

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai today urged Malaysians to look at the country’s performance as a whole instead of focusing on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s approval rating dip.

“We will look at the country as a whole, and Najib has performed well after the May general election,” Liow told a press conference here.

“If we look at the situation fully, whatever setbacks faced are temporary and the PM will come up with more measures to move the country forward as a whole,” he added.

The MCA leader pointed out at Putrajaya’s efforts to improve the country’s economy has helped cement Malaysia as one of the most competitive countries in the world.

He reminded the people to consider the world’s developing economic situation before criticising all government policies.

“We need to look at the whole situation. The PM has come up with a lot of measure to counter the problems of cost of living faced by the people in the country,” he said.

“Look at subsidy rationalisation… no doubt it will affect a lot of people but the intention is to strengthen the country’s economy,” he explained.

“The purpose is to ensure that the poor and middle class are taken care of. The policy is targeted, so there is no wastage in the overall subsidy process,” he added.

Asked to comment on the significant percentage drop in approval rate among the Chinese, Liow said: “We understand where the Chinese are coming from”.

“After the general election, the Chinese are not represented in the government and a lot of Chinese issues are not raised and resolved,” he said, referring to MCA’s dismal performance during the May election.

However, Liow assured that his party would continue to raise the problems faced by the Chinese through proper channels for the issues to be rectified.

“That is why MCA is undergoing reform and transformation. We will get through our party elections as soon as possible and come back strong and transformed to make sure all Chinese concerns are addressed,” he said.

The survey released yesterday showed that Najib’s drop in popularity cuts across all races, with the most significant decline being among
the Indians, with a drop from 76% to 57%.

Among the Chinese, the approval rate stands at 21%, after a 15 percentage point loss, while a seven percentage point drop, from 73% to 66%, was recorded among the Malays.

The survey was conducted between December 4 and 12, 2013, after the reduction of fuel subsidies in September 2013, and the tabling of the 2014 national budget during which the government announced the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015.

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