Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s drop in approval rating among the Chinese was because of MCA’s absence from the Cabinet since the 13th general election.
Referring to the Merdeka Center’s latest survey, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) said many issues affecting the Chinese were not highlighted or resolved as a result of the party’s decision to not take up government posts post-GE13.
MCA fared badly at the last general election, ending up with seven parliamentary and 11 state seats, down from the 15 federal and 32 state seats it won in 2008.
The MCA deputy president said: "A lot of issues are needed to be raised at Cabinet level and resolved quickly. And sometimes, there are delays in certain processes which caused dissatisfaction."
Liow said this at a press conference after opening the MCA Youth annual general assembly today ahead of the wing's election.
Merdeka Center’s Public Opinion Survey 2013 found that Najib's approval rating dropped to an all-time low since assuming office in 2009, declining to 52% in December from 62% in August.
The pollster said the survey was conducted between December 4 and 12, 2013, after the reduction of fuel subsidies in September 2013, and the tabling of the 2014 national budget during which the government announced the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015.
The survey also showed that Najib’s drop among the Chinese stands at 21%, after a 15 percentage point loss.
Liow said he understood the feelings of the Chinese and pledged that MCA would reform to come back better and stronger.
The party, he added, would continue to raise the problems affecting the community through proper channels.
"MCA is always with the Chinese community. If MCA is strong, the community is strong. If we are weak, the community faces lots of risks.”
However, he was also quick to add that Malaysians should look at the country's performance as a whole instead of just focusing on Najib's rating.
He said Najib has performed well after GE 13 and had taken steps to improve the country's economy as evident by the nation's competitiveness ranking, which moved up one rung to 24 in this year’s World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (GCR), scoring high for its stable financial market and efficient market for goods and services.
"The prime minister has come up with many measures to counter problems related to the cost of living.”
On the subsidy rationalisation programme, Liow conceded that it affected the people but stressed that the move was to strengthen the economy. – December 19, 2013.