Sarawak polls firm launches first topic

  • Nation
  • Friday, 30 May 2008

KUCHING: Local polls and opinion-survey firm Pollster Sdn Bhd has launched its first polls topic concerning the local government.

The polls seek public opinion on a wide range of issues to gauge their assessment of the performances of Kuching City South Council, City North Commission, Padawan, Sibu and Miri Municipal Councils.

It asks respondents in a questionnaire, to grade the councils’ performances, seeks their views on whether mayors and councillors should be appointed or elected, and their maximum tenure.

Another question posed is whether the prerogative on the appointment of Kuching city south mayor has been exercised judiciously.

The respondents are also asked if they are prepared to pay additional assessment rates to cover the costs of local council elections.

Pollster’s representative Goh Yong Tat said the company would be independent and objective in its survey, adding that the polls would deal with issues without any personal overtone.

He hoped that results from the survey would provide reliable feedback to the parties concerned.

Pending assemblyman Violet Yong, who attended Pollster’s soft-launch at Jalan Pending yesterday, said all independent views collected from the polls should have no biased editing.

She said to ensure credibility and greater public participation, the survey must be done without fear or favour.

Pollster has a team of analysts and activists to identify national and local issues before posing the relevant questions on its site

It intends to pose questions on current affairs and issues every two weeks, and give 30 days for voting on each issue. The cyber polling results will be published on the site.

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