Azmin plays down Unisel poll on rival Khalid


Eileen Ng, TMI

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has played down a recent poll by Universiti Selangor (Unisel) which showed the majority of voters in Kajang wanted Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to continue as Selangor menteri besar, saying that it “does not reflect the sentiments of the rakyat”.

Azmin, who is known for not seeing eye-to-eye with Khalid on many issues, said the sampling size of the survey, conducted with 394 voters between March 12 and 16, was “very small”.

“For now, we are focusing on strengthening our machinery. We will reach out to as many voters as possible. Later, we will discuss what’s next,” he said at the Parliament lobby today.

In the poll, 63% of the respondents said they were not in favour of Khalid being replaced.

A total of 69.1% of the respondents felt Khalid was “a good leader”, and he scored even higher than opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who got 66.2%.

This latest survey supersedes a poll by Universiti Malaya Centre for Elections and Democracy (UMcedel) last month which showed that 59% of Kajang voters wanted Anwar to become the state’s chief administrator.

The urban mixed seat fell vacant after incumbent PKR’s Lee Chin Cheh sudden resignation, paving the way for Anwar to contest, in what was dubbed as the “Kajang move”, which PKR’s leaders had painstakingly explained was to prevent Selangor from being taken over by Barisan Nasional.