ONLY one in two Malaysians believes that the debts incurred by state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is a problem, a study by Parti Bersatu Pribumi Malaysia revealed.
Some 50.8% of the 2,881 respondents surveyed believed that the 1MDB debt will be paid for by taxpayers while 38.1% said they were unsure if they would have to bear the burden.
The survey conducted between July and August 2016 also found that only 29% of Malaysians believed that social media stories about the 1MDB saga and the RM2.6 billion channelled into the prime minister’s personal bank account were true.
Nearly 54% of the respondents were unsure while the remainder did not believe them at all. Also, 22.7% believed that the 1MDB issue was manipulated by foreign media while 50.9% were unsure.
But 39.5% of those polled believed that Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak on the 1MDB issue to be true.
The survey was based on 23 focus groups identifying issues relevant to Malaysians. From the 162 participants, Bersatu’s Bureau of Policy and Strategy formulated the questionnaire.
It was then conducted face-to-face interviews with 2,881 Malaysians in more than 30 constituencies. The respondents consist of 52.2% men and 47.8% women older than 21.
The breakdown was 23.1% of the respondents were from cities, towns (49.8%), interiors (19.8%) and settlements like Felda (7.2%).
The racial profile was 67.6% Malay, Chinese (23%), Indians (5.6%) and Sabah And Sarawak natives (3.7%).
Education wise, 25.4% of those surveyed had degrees, diplomas and certificates (35.2%), and SPM or lower qualifications (39.4%).
The study was conducted between July and August 2016 before Bersatu was formed.