KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Malaysia’s first female deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail currently enjoys the highest approval rating among Malaysians when compared against six other ministers.
In independent pollster Merdeka Center’s latest survey, 75 per cent of 1,160 Malaysian voters polled said they were “satisfied” with Dr Wan Azizah’s performance.
Only 16 per cent said they were “dissatisfied” with the performance of Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the minister of women, family and community affairs.
Dr Wan Azizah’s popularity cuts across all ethnic groups, as 71 per cent of Malay respondents and 79 per cent of non-Malay respondents said they were “satisfied” with her performance.
Merdeka Center’s survey was on Malaysians’ satisfaction of the performance of seven key ministers and the attorney-general, with the second most popular being Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali with 64 per cent saying they were satisfied.
This was followed by third-ranking Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (62 per cent), Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (60 per cent), Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (58 per cent), Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad (53 per cent), Education Minister Maszlee Malik (50 per cent) and Attorney-General Tommy Thomas (49 per cent).
Taken as a whole, higher dissatisfaction was recorded for Lim and Maszlee, both at 28 per cent, Thomas (25 per cent), Mohamad (22 per cent), while others with lesser overall dissatisfaction are Muhyiddin (18 per cent), Dr Wan Azizah (16 per cent), Azmin (15 per cent), and Dzulkefly (13 per cent).
The Merdeka Center survey was conducted during the August 7 to August 14 period, just before the first 100 day of the Pakatan Harapan in government on August 17 this Friday.
The respondents’ composition in the survey reflects the actual registered voters’ composition in Malaysia.
Out of the 1,160 respondents, 52 per cent are Malay, 29 per cent are Chinese, seven per cent are Indians, while the Bumiputera community from Sabah and Sarawak polled amounted to 12 per cent (six per cent Muslim, six per cent non-Muslim).
Excluding Dr Wan Azizah, who is both deputy prime minister and a minister, there are currently 26 ministers in the Cabinet.