Wrong again about election, think tank comes under fire

What’s wrong with IDE, says analyst Kamarul Zaman Yusof

PETALING JAYA: A political analyst has mocked PKR-linked think-tank Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) for twice predicting wrongly the outcomes of by-elections in Semenyih and Tanjung Piai.

Kamarul Zaman Yusof of Universiti Utara Malaysia said that IDE had said that its survey conducted between Nov 9-11 had shown that Pakatan Harapan would defeat the Barisan Nasional in Tanjung Piai.

However, Pakatan Harapan suffered a major defeat at Tanjung Piai this evening losing to Barisan Nasional by a 15,008 margin.

Kamarul Zaman said IDE had stated that its survey, with 1,200 respondents, had shown that PH would obtain 53% of voters’ support compared to BN’s 44%.

“In the end, BN emerged the victors and won with a huge majority,” he said in a Facebook post.

Kamarul also said that IDE had also predicted a victory for PH in March at the Semenyih by-election.

However, BN defeated PH with a 1,914 majority.

“What is wrong with IDE’s surveys?” said Kamarul Zaman.