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A dumb survey by goons

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In Malaysia, most opinion polls are not definitive and the process is often flawed. No wonder the BN thinks Indian Malaysians will swing back to it, writes Indian Malaysian Who Will Vote For Change.

photograph: kualalumpurpost.net
photograph: kualalumpurpost.net

It is very evident that unprincipled and unscrupulous organisations are selling personal identities of their clients for a price.

Also, through identity thefts, these criminals come to possess personal details of consumers. Corrupt political parties and politicians are prepared to pay for email addresses and mobile phone numbers.

A large number of Malaysians have had to undergo the hassle of dealing with unwanted calls, emails and SMSs, especially at this time when parties are doing everything possible, legal as well as illegal, to influence voters.

Recently, my husband got a call on his mobile phone. The caller identity was “blocked” and it was a recorded message in Tamil. The message indicated that a survey was being conducted on all Malaysians of Indian ethnicity on the upcoming GE13.

The so-called survey required a response (by voice activation) to three options:

  1. Vote for a change
  2. Do not want a change
  3. Do not know

My husband chose ‘1’ as his option but the system rejected the choice saying that “option not valid”. After repeating himself several times, and getting the same response, he just hung up. Whoever was doing the survey obviously only wanted ‘2’ or ‘3’ as the acceptable answer, in which case the respondent does not want a change!

In any valid survey, the demographics of the survey such as the spectrum of society surveyed, sample size, age group and area surveyed must be made known. In Malaysia, most opinion polls are not definitive and the sampling process is often flawed.

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Is it then any wonder then that the BN has concluded that there will be a swing of votes in its favour from Malaysians of Indian ethnicity?

Indian Malaysian Who Will Vote For Change is the pseudoynm of an occasional contributor to our Thinking Allowed section.

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colin wong
16 Apr 2013 5.14pm

Pls also watch out for Appeal For Azizah in MT. If you go in and provide all the details and *enter* next page will ask you for Donation. Stupid if people got scam in this manner.

najib manaukau
16 Apr 2013 1.11pm

Not just most polls but all polls survey initiated by Umno, including all statistics released so far by Putrajaya, are flawed, that is what Umno is good at. After the figures are released they then will try to make up the flaws just like when they brought in millions of muslims from the muslim countries to make it appear the false figures they came up with, in the first place, are true and accurate. That is only an example of what Umno is good at deceitful and good at telling making up false figures. No doubt they must wish they can come up with figures released regularly by the international organisations that are reflecting the true situations in Malaysia. A third world country which is Malaysia is, even the best university in the country are so badly and lowly rated. How come our neighbour, Singapore, get so well rated in everything ? It is because Singapore is looked and managed by everybody, regardless of their races. For sometime now even Indian is appointed as deputy Prime Minister even though the Indians are minority in the country… Read more »

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