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Pelangai Survey Reveals 10% of Voters Still Unwilling to Embrace BN-Pakatan Alliance

A recent survey conducted in Pelangai, Pahang, has uncovered a significant portion of voters who continue to resist the political collaboration between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) within the unity government. The findings come just days ahead of the upcoming by-election scheduled for Saturday.

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According to the survey’s report titled “Pelangai Memilih: Antara Legasi Dan Perubahan,” which was released today, it has been revealed that 10.1% of the surveyed Pelangai residents expressed their inability to accept the PH-BN alliance, while an additional 9.4% remained uncertain or indifferent to it. In contrast, 42.9% of respondents believed that the PH-BN collaboration was in accordance with the advice of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, with 26.1% emphasizing its importance for political stability. Furthermore, 11.5% felt that it still needed further clarification.

When asked whether the unity government should be maintained until the end of its term, 48.9% answered in the affirmative, with 1.9% strongly supporting this view. Conversely, 21.9% disagreed, and 8.1% expressed strong disagreement.

Remarkably, residents of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlement in Sungai Kemasul displayed significant dissatisfaction, with 17.76% expressing their discontent, and an additional 6.54% strongly disapproving.

In contrast, the residents of Sungai Gapoi were largely satisfied with the Pahang state government, with 71.43% indicating satisfaction and 21.43% voicing strong contentment.

The survey was carried out by a team of academics in Pelangai, Pahang, between September 29 and October 2, just ahead of the upcoming by-election. It involved 1,772 respondents, with diverse demographics – 25.4% were aged 31 to 40, 21.05% were aged 41 to 50, 18.74% fell in the age group of 21 to 30, 11.68% were aged 61 and above, and 8.07% were between the ages of 18 and 20. Additionally, the majority of respondents (86.9%) were of Malay ethnicity, with 10.5% being of Chinese descent, and the remaining representing ethnic Indians.

The occupational distribution of respondents revealed 22.69% were unemployed, 20.88% worked in various businesses, 20.03% were engaged in farming or fishing, 14.39% were students, 13.71% worked in the private sector, 5.98% were employed in the government, and 2.31% were retired. Regarding income, 52% reported a monthly income between RM1,500 and RM3,000, while 37.9% earned between RM1,001 and RM1,500.

The survey was conducted by a team of researchers including Shahrill Sabarudin, Awang Azman Awang Pawi from Universiti Malaya, Novel Anak Lyndon, Suffian Mansor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Nasrullah Mappatang.

The Pelangai by-election was necessitated by the tragic plane crash that claimed the life of the incumbent assemblyman, Datuk Seri Johari Harun, on August 17. In the upcoming by-election this Saturday, BN candidate Datuk Amizar Abu Adam will face a three-cornered fight against former Umno member Haslihelmy DM Zulhasli and PAS’ Kasim Samat, a teacher. Haslihelmy was expelled from Umno following his decision to contest in Pelangai, while Kasim had previously contested the Pelangai seat in the 15th General Election held last year.

In GE15, Johari, representing BN, secured victory with a 4,048-vote majority, defeating Kasim, PH’s Ahmed Wafiuddin, and Pejuang candidate Isa Ahmad. Johari’s predecessor, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, held the Pelangai state seat from 1986 to 2022 and served as the Pahang menteri besar from 1999 to 2018. Following GE15, the Pahang state assembly composition saw BN and Perikatan Nasional each holding 17 seats, while PH secured eight seats. The Pahang government was formed as a result of the collaboration between BN and PH at the state level, reflecting the cooperation at the federal level.