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Monday, December 17, 2007
Latest Merdeka Centre Survey--- Incredible or Not?


Malaysiakini has yet to carry any news on the latest survey by Merdeka Centre. The Star has beaten it to it.

Turned to Page 3 of The Star (The People's Paper, sic) or check the online versi here.

Under the headline :: ‘No’ to street protests, The Star reported ::
A large majority of Malaysians are against street protests and have backed the government’s decision to use the laws to stop anyone from threatening racial peace and harmony.

This was revealed in a survey conducted by the Merdeka Centre between Dec 17 and 21.

Eight hundred and sixty one respondents from throughout the country, who were randomly selected along the lines of state of residence, ethnicity, gender and age (21 and above) were interviewed over the telephone for the survey.

It appears that the survey results are available even before the said survey has been conducted for today is only the 17th Dec 2007.

Is The Star or Merdeka Centre under pressure to produce "feel good" news or what?

Whatever! The pertinent findings to note are ::

. 73% agreed that the Government should use all the legal means it has to stop individuals and groups from threatening racial peace and harmony,

. 15% of those surveyed disagreed with such abovementioned actions.

. Only 52% of Malaysians supported the PMinister in the strong action taken against the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), 25% disagreed and 25% others (don't know or what?) It looks like 102% took part in the survey.

. 43% of the respondents felt that street demonstrations were acceptable for voicing one’s views.

. 59% said that demonstrations were not an effective way to achieve the objectives of the protesters but 29% felt otherwise.

. 80% felt that street protests gave the country a negative image overseas.

. 82% of the respondents felt that demonstrations disrupted business activities and traffic in the city.

. 72% said “No” to another question on whether they believed the allegations by Hindraf that the Government carried out ethnic cleansing and extremists-backed marginalisation of the Indian community.

. 52% of the respondents felt that street demonstrations or illegal public gatherings would likely turn violent but 27% disagreed.

. The response on the question of who or what was likely to be the main cause for some demonstrations to turn violent resulteed in split votes ::
32% said violence was caused by unruly demonstrators, 29% believed instigators or provocateurs in the crowd were to blame, 20% action by police and 19% others/don't know


. 54% said they were aware of Bersih’s protest on Nov 10 while 77% were aware of the illegal Hindraf gathering on Nov 25.

For a full report check out The Star, The People's Clairvoyant Paper!

Updated
The Star, The People's Clairvoyant Paper, has made amendments to its online versi of their report entitled :: ‘No’ to street protests.

It now says the Merdeka Centre survey was carried out from 7th Dec to 12th Dec! But if you look at the chart attached, the response to Question 3 :: Do you agree or disagree with the strong stand taken by the Prime Minister against Hindraf? :: it still appears that 102% of responders took part in the survey.



One can only wonder what Malaysiakini or Merdeka Centre has to say of this extra 2%! A check on Merdeka Centre website does not show any report on its latest survey!

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