Published: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 9:57:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 10:59:43 PM
Poll: Eight in 10 Malays say Allah solely for Muslims
PETALING JAYA: Eighty-three percent of Muslims interviewed in a recent poll agree that the usage of the word “Allah” is their absolute right, a survey here says.
The poll by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research showed that 52% “strongly disagreed” with Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali's alleged call to seize and burn copies of the Bible which contain the word “Allah.”
The results were part of the poll titled “Public Opinion Survey No. 1/2013 Peninsular Malaysia Voter Survey,” which was conducted between Jan 23 and Feb 6.
A total of 1,021 registered voters were interviewed via telephone for the survey, which was aimed at gauging voters' perceptions of issues in the lead-up to the general election.
The survey revealed that 48% of the respondents were “happy with the Government” while 45% reported that they were “happy with Barisan Nasional.”
Some 61% of the respondents expressed satisfaction with the performance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Participants also rated fighting corruption as the top issue that required attention from the Government, followed by fighting inflation, improving the police and public safety, providing affordable housing, expanding public infrastructure in rural areas and improving government efficiency.