Dr M: PH Not Losing Popularity

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PM claims drop in PH’s popularity not necessarily accurate.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) is still supported and appreciated by the people, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.

Referencing the allegation by some quarters that there was less support among Malaysians for PH, he said, “I am aware that there are some who have said that the people’s support for PH has dropped from 80 per cent to 38 per cent but I don’t know on what basis this research was made”.

Dr Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu chairman, said the study, conducted by independent research firm Merdeka Centre, was “inaccurate” as it only had responses from a small group of people.

“They did not ask the opinion of all Malaysians. The support for the Pakatan Harapan government is still solid. Even on the ground people still want to take pictures and shake hands with us.

Hari Anggara

“We are a government made of five different parties, but we are still able to discuss issues and make decisions accepted by all within the party,” he told reporters this after the end of a two-day retreat involving Pakatan Harapan and Warisan leaders and backbenchers.

Dr Mahathir reiterated that support at the parliamentary level was still there.

“We are not going to be ousted. During the last election, those people said we would lose but we won,” he said.

An online news portal yesterday reported that the government’s popularity had plummeted to 35 per cent as of August, citing a presentation slide containing the survey result which was shown during the closed-door meeting.

The report also quoted a member of Parliament present at the meeting, who confirmed the authenticity of the slide.

It showed that Pakatan Harapan had recorded 87 per cent popularity level during the 14th General Election but saw a sharp decline in the first half of 2019.

In April, a study by the same pollster showed that only 46 per cent of voters surveyed were satisfied with Dr Mahathir, a drop from the 71 per cent approval rating he received in August last year.