The abuse of power and corruption was one of the topmost worries of Malaysians, second to the 14th General Election.
Now, the 14th General Election is in the 6th place of the most popular concerns of Malaysians, dictates the National Worry Index from EMIR’s Research conducted in Kauala Lumpur.
1, 992 people participated in the research study. It was done between the 5th of September and the 10th of October, and it has an error margin of 3%. The participants included people from different descents, of which 6.2% were Indians, 28.2% Chinese, and 65.6% Bumiputera and Malay.
The basic costs of living is at the top of the list of worries, at 86%, as well as homes that are not affordable, 86%, and not getting jobs, 77%, unemployment in youths 76%, and accumulating debt to keep up with living costs 76%. Corruption comes 6th place, at 75%.
Other public concerns include subsidies in agriculture – 65%, the expenses of public health and the quality of the education in Malaysia – 63%.
The research explains that the reason for the shift in hierarchy of the worries of Malaysians is because they are getting frustrated with the tedious and long process of detaining kleptocrats from the past government.
They desire for the present government to halt in that regard, move on from that agenda and place focus and energy on Malaysia’s economy instead. This was Pakatan Harapan’s highlight in the manifesto.
Almost 2/3 or 64% of the respondents from the government agreed to initiatives and plans submitted to fight corruption that is present in the government. 57% of the respondents want to create efficient and clean policies for the civil servants.
71% of Bumiputera and Malays want to fight corruption the most, comparison to the 44% Indians and the 52% Chinese, according to Professor Nordin, the leader of the team of researchers.
The Chinese favor these initiatives from the government the most: to fight corruption in agencies of public enforcement – 52%, to create efficient and clean policies for servants of the public – 50% and to make the commission for anti-corruption in Malaysia to be autonomous – 47%.
The Indians also chose digging corruption as a major priority – 44%, and then teaching mathematics and science in the English language – 44% and lastly, providing efficient and clean policies for civil servants – 36%.
Most participants who were younger than 31 years of age identified with the efforts of the government to fight corruption in public agencies – 72%. However, participants aged 51 and especially those older only agreed with the government’s initiatives at 53%.
At 62% is the desire for efficiently clean civil servants, in comparison to 52% in those aged 51 years old and above.
Sahari explained that race plays a part in the difference in opinions and that the participants 31 years old and younger tend to agree more with the government than those who are older because it is more difficult to change the minds of the older generation.