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Najib's approval rating up
09-June-2010, The Straits Times, Singapore

PETALING JAYA - MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's approval rating has increased to 72 per cent, up by 3 per cent since April this year, according to a Merdeka Centre survey.

The centre had conducted a telephone survey of 1,028 registered voters, aged 21 and above, in Peninsular Malaysia from May 6 to 16.

Merdeka Centre head Ibrahim Suffian said the high approval rating could be attributed to a section of the electorate who felt the country was heading in the right direction.

'The economy is still doing reasonably well, the nation's leaders are more dynamic and the general conditions in the country remain peaceful and conducive for further development.

'Although the public applauds the efforts by the government to address issues, they seem cautious as to whether the government can achieve the goals it has set for itself,' Mr Ibrahim said yesterday.

He was referring to the survey results showing 50 per cent of the respondents were confident that initiatives such as the Government Transformation Programme, 1Malaysia and New Economic Model would be achievable. -- THE STAR


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