Puad Zarkashi and Shahrir Samad want Parliament to be convened in view of the high popularity rating for the prime minister.

PETALING JAYA: Now that a survey among 2,111 voters by Merdeka Center has shown that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has a 67% approval rating, the prime minister should not fear convening Parliament, say two Umno leaders.

In what appeared to be a jibe against Muhyiddin, party Supreme Council member Puad Zarkashi said that a 67% rating would mean that the Perikataan Nasional government is in a “stable” situation.

“Earlier this year, his approval rating was recorded at 64%.

“If the rating has gone up, then the PM should convene Parliament without any fear. If he does not dare to do so, it means he has no faith in the Merdeka Center survey,” he said on Facebook.

Puad added that he will maintain the #KerajaanGagal (government has failed) stand despite the survey findings. This hashtag was coined recently after the number of Covid-19 cases increased to over 2,000 daily.

Meanwhile, Umno veteran and former minister Shahrir Samad said that 67% was a “landslide” support for Muhyiddin, adding that there was now no reason to continue with the suspension of Parliament.

“‘Geng Publika’ should have advised the PM on the Dewan Rakyat seating. The 67% approval can go up to 77%,” he said. However Shahrir did not elaborate who “Geng Publika” referred to.

Yesterday, Merdeka Center announced the findings of its survey, claiming that Muhyiddin’s approval rating remained stable at 67%, despite concerns over the economy and the pandemic.

The survey, conducted from March 31 to April 12, involved some 2,111 voters in the peninsula, with 64% of respondents being Malays, 28% Chinese and 8% Indians.

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It said Muhyiddin’s support among Malay voters remained strong at 83%, although the backing from Chinese and Indians was lower at 30% and 66% respectively.

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 2,847 Covid-19 cases and eight deaths.



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