PETALING JAYA: A large number of Malaysians have voiced their unhappiness with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government through social media polls on the coalition’s performance in its first 100 days in power.
Collectively, more than 200,000 people participated in the polls, which were run by Sinar Harian, The Malaysian Insight and five Facebook pages, namely Kelab Maya Mahathir, Suara Rakyat, Otai Bersih, The Patriots and Tentera Troll Kebangsaan Malaysia (TTKM). Some of the outfits are generally seen as pro-PH.
Sinar Harian’s poll of more than 26,000 people found 78% saying they felt PH didn’t fulfil its 100-day promises while The Malaysian Insight, which polled about 53,000 people, found 67% were unhappy.
Those expressing dissatisfaction made up 79% of participants in the Suara Rakyat poll and more than that in the other four polls, with Otai Bersih recording 80%, Kelab Maya Mahathir 88%, The Patriots 89% and TTKM 90%.
These results contrasted with the findings of the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, which said it polled 1,160 Malaysian voters and found two-thirds of them satisfied with PH’s performance in its first 100 days.
Many of the social media users also voiced their unhappiness in the comments sections of the polls, pointing to PH’s failure to abolish highway tolls, erase debts incurred by Felda settlers, reduce the national debt, bring down consumer prices and resolve the issue of repayment of student loans.
A commenter calling himself Fitri Syahmi said, “People are angry because before they won, they said they could deliver. But now they give thousands of excuses. Next time don’t be arrogant.”
Michael Wong questioned the progress of PH’s promise to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak in 100 days and asked if 60 more years were needed.
Others questioned PH’s stand on several issues, such as those pertaining to the minimum wage and LGBT rights.
However, some said it was too soon to judge PH. Lau Maio Thiem, for example, urged people to “give PH a break”, claiming that “no one tracked Barisan Nasional” during its six-decade reign.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was recently quoted in a news report as saying the government was having a hard time fulfilling its election pledges because PH made “too many promises” in the belief that it would lose in the May 9 polls.