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Anthony Loke Is Anwar Ibrahim’s Best-Performing Minister

Anthony Loke Is Anwar Ibrahim’s Best-Performing Minister

More than 36,000 respondents took part in the survey which was conducted over 10 days.

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The Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke Siew Fook, is the most popular among Cabinet Ministers.

Loke emerged as the top favourite in the survey, ‘100 days of the Unity Government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.’

Loke’s popularity is ahead of Anwar, with 49 per cent of the vote.

Anwar takes second place with 40 per cent of the vote.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Hannah Yeoh, is in third place with 39 per cent of the vote.

The news that Anwar appointed his daughter Nurul Izzah as the prime minister’s economic and financial senior adviser has somewhat affected people’s views on Anwar.

The backlash was such that Nurul Izzah later announced that she would no longer hold the position.

Instead, she co-chairs the secretariat of the newly-formed advisory panel for the finance ministry.

Nga Kor Ming, Minister of Local Government Development, who has repeatedly emphasized that “toilets must be clean” after taking office, ranked fourth on the list.

34% of the respondents said they were satisfied, 18% were quite satisfactory, and 48% were dissatisfied.

Azalina Othman, Minister of Law and Institutional Reform ranked fifth.

33% of the people were satisfied with her performance, 25% were satisfactory, and 42% were dissatisfied.

The ministers ranked 6th to 10th are:

  • Minister of Digital Communications, Fahmi Fadzil (30%)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mohamad Sabu (28%)
  • Minister of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living, Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub (27%)
  • Minister of International Trade and Industry Minister, Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz (26%)
  • Minister of Education, Fadhlina Sidek (26%)

Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli, who returned to politics in the last general election, ranked 11th.

25% of the respondents were satisfied with his performance, 21% thought it was satisfactory, and 54% were dissatisfied.

As many as 61% of the respondents were dissatisfied with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s performance, making him the “bottom” minister in the people’s hearts.

No Minister Exceeds 50% In Satisfaction

Interestingly, no minister scored more than 50% on the ‘satisfied/very satisfied’ option. 

Although the unity government has received two-thirds of the support in the Dewan Rakyat, the overall support rate of the 28 ministers has yet to reach a level of more than 60% among the people.

Analysts said it means that some people still question their performance.

People also feel that the Ministers have not taken notable action that has had a significant impact.

At the same time, analysts believe the government does not need to worry about the poll results undermining its legitimacy.

However, the people’s scores should be regarded as a wake-up call to make the government more active and proactive in its efforts to govern.

The government still has one more term to prove its capabilities and respond to people’s demands.

35,000 People Participated In The Poll

The poll was conducted online from 6 to 16 February (10 days), and 35,077 people responded.

The poll adopted responses from various ethnic groups in Malaysia, including Malays 56%, Chinese 25%, Indians 5%, Sarawakians 7%, Sabahans 6% and others 1%.

Of all the respondents, 37% were Pakatan Harapan/MUDA voters, 29% were PN voters, 21% were BN voters, 5.5% were Sarawak voters, 1.3% were Sabah voters, and 1.4% were Warisan voters.

The sample in question aligns with the proportion of voting results in the 15th general election.

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