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Polls show most Malaysians believe Anwar innocent

In Anwar Ibrahim on July 2, 2008 at 10:10 am

malaysianinsider – ays after fresh sodomy claims tripped his journey to power, two opinion polls show most believe Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is innocent and believe the charges are politically-motivated.

The independent Merdeka Centre research firm conducted a small survey and found just six percent of respondents believed the allegations while nearly 60 precent saw it as politically motivated.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for the government because you are facing a more cynical public,” the firm’s pollster, Ibrahim Suffian, told the Reuters news agency. The survey polled 225 ethnic Malays aged 20 and above.

Another survey by the Malaysiakini website showed 94.4 percent of its respondents believed the allegation was part of a political conspiracy against Anwar, who led three opposition parties to an unprecendented 82 parliament seats and control of four more states in the March elections.

Malaysia’s current political uncertainty – with an embattled prime minister facing calls to quit, a deputy prime minister facing allegations of links to a murder and Anwar’s alleged sexual misconduct – also dragged the stock market lower again, with the benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) down 1.7 percent at the midday break. The index has lost about 3 percent so far this week.

Ratings agency Fitch, which has a positive outlook for Malaysia’s foreign currency rating and a stable outlook for the local currency, told Reuters it was monitoring the impact of the political situation on economic policies.… selanjutnya.

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