More Malays want Khairy to lead opposition, says survey

Former youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is up against four others in the race for the Umno presidency. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: More Malays prefer former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin over others to lead the opposition, according to a survey to gauge the community’s views on three candidates vying for the Umno president’s post.

Of the 1,035 respondents, 43% wanted Khairy to lead the opposition, while about a third (33%) picked current acting president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Another 20% chose Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the Gua Musang MP, according to the survey conducted over a period of five days by Kuala Lumpur-based market research company Oppotus.

All three leaders are in the running for the post of president in the party election tomorrow.

The respondents were almost evenly spread in gender and political leanings, with most of them in the 21-39 age bracket. Some 77% of the respondents are urban Malays.

Zahid is locked in a battle with Razaleigh and Khairy in Umno’s first presidential election since the divisive contest of 1987 which saw Razaleigh narrowly defeated by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Two other lesser known candidates for the contest are Mohamed Iqbal Maricair and Yusof [email protected]

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