Dr M: Poll shows Malaysians optimistic about country's direction

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  • Friday, 07 Sep 2018

PETALING JAYA: A public poll on the perception of the government’s performance after 100 days in power shows that the majority of respondents are positive about the direction of the country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said most of the respondents of the poll,  conducted by Berkshire Media and involving 487,000 respondents nationwide, were satisfied with the Pakatan Harapan-led government and its policies.

But the survey also drew some negative feedback.

According to Dr Mahathir, the negative perceptions were mainly linked to the government’s decisions on expenditure, including for transport and infrastructure projects like the Mass Rapid Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit systems.

“(Respondents also expressed dissatisfaction) with the government’s fight against corruption, as many previous government leaders have not yet been brought to court,” he told reporters after chairing a Pakatan Harapan council meeting on Friday (Sept 7).

However, the Prime Minister warned that authorities would go hard on such leaders from the previous administration, including those involved in small cases.

“We will not just focus on big cases that have clear evidence, but also small cases involving leaders who were complicit under the previous government,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said many respondents felt unhappy that some of these leaders managed to stay under the radar from the authorities.

“When we do something according to the law, strong evidence is required before we can take the case to court, and this can cause delay.

“It is as if there is no action taken against them,” he said.

Dr Mahathir explained that this could be because authorities needed more time to gather evidence to bring them to justice.

“Some of them believe we are just focusing on the big cases and do not give enough attention to smaller cases, but clearly can bring to a conviction if it is brought to court.

The Prime Minister also noted that the government faced a stumbling block with certain civil servants seen as loyal to the previous prime minister.

He said that some of these civil servants had refused to pay the salaries of officers of ministers under the new government.

“It can be seen in the machinery of this administration that there are people that are quite stubborn, not willing to accept the appointments of the new government. They are still influenced by the old government.

“This is because there are still officers that are loyal to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razk,” said Dr Mahathir.

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