SHAH ALAM, NOV 6: Taking for granted the very grave issue of integrity will cause UMNO-BN to go downhill during the upcoming 13th General Election.
According to the study conducted by the University Malaya Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMCEDEL) recently, 66 percent respondent believed that the bad integrity demonstrated in the UMNO-BN leadership would adversely affect the party during the said election.
The study conducted from the 1st until 16th Sepetember 2012 also indicates a number of 60 percent respondents who believe that the issue of uncontrollable number of illegal immigrants into this country is bound to backfire UMNO-BN during the election.
Among other issues likely to reflect badly on UMNO-BN are Lynas issue with 59 percent, National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) with 55 percent, followed by 54 percent on the issue of UMNO-BN failure to reduce the crime rates in this country.
The study involving a whopping number of 1536 respondents also reveals that as many as 52 percent of the respondents believe that BERSIH Demonstration issue explains the deteriorating support towards UMNO-BN.
The study also concludes that the citizens are getting skeptical about the widespread media reports highlighting the weaknesses of the states under the administration of Pakatan Rakyat.
‘There is serious doubt about conflicting stands in PR leadership and the shortcomings in the administration as alleged by the media’, reads the summary of the report.’
On the same issue, Shah Alam MP, Khalid Samad, while commenting on the study expected that the voters during the GE-13 would take into account the issue of integrity and PR capability to take the helm of the county if it was given the chance.
‘Yes, I believe integrity and credibility are the key issues in the upcoming General Election.’
‘It is neither a question of racial feud between Chinese and Malay nor religious divide between Moslems and Non-Moslems. It is and always has been an issue of having a leader with good integrity whose capability in shaping a country into a bribery-free country is unquestionable’, he said during an interview with the Selangor TV.