That’s according to a survey by Merdeka Centre. The results are no real surprise.
Merdeka Centre’s press release:
BANGI –A survey carried among voters in Peninsular Malaysia found that a majority (53%) of them did not understand how the GST will work at present.
At the same time, 62% of respondents did not agree to the implementation of the GST, which indicates that despite not knowing the finer points of the consumption tax, many members of the public did not support its rollout.
Consistent with the findings above, the same survey also found that a large majority (64%) of respondents report that they did not understand how the national economy works. This view was more prevalent among respondents coming from lower income households, rural areas and among women.
The survey was carried out by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research between 12th and 21st April 2014. For this survey, 1,009 registered voters comprising 60% Malay, 31% Chinese and 9% Indian respondents were interviewed by telephone. Respondents were selected on the basis of random stratified sampling along ethnicity, gender and state of residence. The interviews were carried out in the preferred language of the respondents.
About Merdeka Center for Opinion Research
Merdeka Center for Opinion Research was formally established in 2001 as an independent organization focused on public opinion research and socio-economic analysis. Merdeka’s mission is to act as a bridge between ordinary Malaysians and other stakeholders with the leading members of the nation – by collecting public opinion studies and expressing them through survey results, analysis and position papers. For details, visit: www.merdeka.org
Director – Programs
Tan Seng Keat