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Malaysia GE13: Indian support for Pakatan lagging, says a poll

Published on Apr 30, 2013 5:51 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Indians seem to be increasingly supporting the country's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, according to a survey conducted by Universiti Selangor (Unisel).

The study, cited in report by Malaysiakini news website on Tuesday, says that the Indian community in Selangor is bucking the trend of increasing support for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, which is seen among the state's Malays and the Chinese.

The study, conducted by the university's Education and Social Sciences Faculty, was carried out among 1,015 respondents from Selangor across different demographics.

The survey showed that 69 per cent of Chinese respondents and 61.6 per cent of Malays, all from Selangor, said they expected that the opposition would retain Malaysia's richest state.

Only 50 per cent of Indian respondents said the same.

The study also showed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's approval ratings was highest among the Indian voters in Selangor.

While 51.2 per cent of Malays and 34.5 per cent Chinese respondents were approving of Mr Najib, a whopping 71.6 per cent of Indian respondents said they were impressed with him.

Malaysiakini quoted Dr Muhammad Shamsinor Abdul Azzis, who carried out the study, as saying that the findings "tallied with a nationwide belief that Indian support had returned to the BN fold".

"That's maybe because Pakatan Rakyat did not fulfil their aspirations," he noted.

Indians also had the least confidence that Pakatan would form the next federal government.

While 52.3 per cent of Malay respondents and 53.5 per cent of Chinese respondents thought Pakatan stood a chance of taking over Putrajaya, only 37.1 per cent of Indian respondents believed so.

Overall, the Unisel study found that Pakatan and BN were in a tight race, with 49.4 per cent believing a BN win was likely while 50.6 per cent believed Pakatan will finish ahead.