Semenyih: All is not lost yet, Pakatan

Written by: MT Reader | 05 Mar 2019 12:52
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05 Mar 2019 12:52

All hope is not lost for Pakatan Harapan just because they lost the recent Semenyih by-election.

Majority of Malaysians still have faith in the PH administration, though it cannot be denied that there is an urgent need for a minor shake-up.

The non-performers really must go as they are merely destroying the framework from within, but overall, there is no serious cause for worry.

The recent 19th Annual Edelman Trust Barometer Global Report revealed that Malaysians were now showing trust in the government compared to a year ago.

The international survey in fact revealed that the PH government achieved a score of 60 points compared to 46 points last year.

An index of 1 to 49 is classified as "Distrust", 50 to 59 is "Neutral", while 60 to 100 is "Trust".

Edelman said that trust is a valuable asset for all institutions, and ongoing trust-building activities should be one of the most important strategic priorities for every organisation.

The report also noted that Malaysians trust their employers, scoring 76 points – an increase of three points compared to 2018. Malaysians also saw a trust in NGOs (63) and businesses (61).

However, the trust of Malaysians in the media remains at neutral (52), but still represents an improvement over 2018's 47 points.

PH leaders need to acknowledge the fact that most of them are newbies and should be more cautious before opening their mouths.

Also, it is time for PH to begin investing in social media campaigns and strategies. Just look at the mileage gained by former premier, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak just through social media and branding.

Like the survey reveals, Malaysians do not rely on the media to disseminate the kind of news they want to read, instead, the rely more on social media and viral messages for information.

If PH makes the right moves now, there is sufficient time for them to regain the trust of those who have swayed to the Opposition.

Voters are not stupid and have not forgotten all the mess created by Umno in the past, but at the same time, I believe they wanted to send a clear and strong message to PH.

Ismail Ibrahim
Kuala Lumpur

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