Najib's approval rating at off the scale new low

Najib's approval rating at off the scale new low

KUALA LUMPER -Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's popularity fell to 52 per cent this month from 62 per cent in August - the lowest level since he came to power in 2009 - a pollster showed, after the government raised prices of fuel, electricity and other things.

Merdeka Centre, a pollster which tracks public opinion on current issues, showed that more than two-thirds of the 1,005 citizens surveyed early this month cited economic concerns, especially rising costs, as the most pressing problem facing the country currently.

In August, 44 per cent thought so.

All this contributed to the dip in Datuk Seri Najib's approval rating, said Mr Ibrahim Suffian, Merdeka Centre director.

Mr Najib's highest approval rating was in May 2010, when it hit 72 per cent.

In recent months, Mr Najib's administration has embarked on a slew of subsidy cuts, which resulted in higher prices for consumers for food and fuel.

After retaining power at the general election in May, Mr Najib's administration raised fuel prices in September.

In October, he announced the introduction of a goods and services tax, to hit in 2015.

Earlier this month, the government said it would raise electricity tariffs next month.

The government is now mulling raising toll rates next.

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