Unemployment, economic stability matter most in Johor

by TMR / pic source: Pamela Yong FB

ECONOMIC stability and unemployment issues remain the biggest concern for Johoreans, as 76.2% of the respondents in a ground survey conducted by the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) said they were hit hardest by the pandemic.

INSAP deputy chairman Dr Pamela Yong (picture) said in a statement that “the economic hardships in Johor are real, and urgent assistance is needed for the people as their sustenance is running low”.

Her comments are in line with the survey findings that around 43.4% of the respondents stated that they only have around three months left in their savings to sustain themselves and 30.5% of them said that they had no savings at all.

“A lot of people living in Johor are dependent on traffic from Singapore and due to border controls, unemployment and lack of business opportunities have become top of mind when it comes to picking a stable government for the next four to five years,” she said.

“This time round, their choices will be dictated by basic ‘bread and butter’ issues and not some pie in the sky. People are looking for political and economic stability like never before.”

Overall, there has been an unusually high number of voters who have yet to decide which party or coalition to pick as their representative.

The survey also found that the average support rate from the Chinese community in Johor has risen to an average of 25%, a marked improvement from the results in the 14th General Election (GE14) where the average support from the Chinese was about 12%-15%.

Malay support for Barisan Nasional (BN) is an average of 55%, according to the survey. BN used to garner up to 65%-78% of the Malay votes prior to the last GE.