Salleh casts doubt on ‘Time’ ar­ti­cle

New Straits Times - - News - DATUK SERI SALLEH SAID KERUAK

KUALA LUMPUR: A min­is­ter has ques­tioned the ac­cu­racy of a re­cent ar­ti­cle pub­lished by Time mag­a­zine, which named Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak as one of five world lead­ers “less pop­u­lar” than United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the ar­ti­cle, which was pub­lished on Time’s web­site on Tues­day, had failed to pro­vide any data to sup­port its claim.

“How did Time con­duct this opin­ion poll? How many re­spon­dents were polled and where do these re­spon­dents live?

“Is Time say­ing that Na­jib and the other four world lead­ers are less pop­u­lar than Trump in Tereng­ganu and Ke­lan­tan, or in New York City?” Salleh said in a blog post yes­ter­day.

Salleh said per­cep­tion alone was not an ac­cu­rate yard­stick to de­ter­mine a per­son’s pop­u­lar­ity.

“Hil­lary Clin­ton is sup­posed to be more pop­u­lar than Don­ald Trump, and even (for­mer) pres­i­dent Obama sup­ported her, but still Trump won the pres­i­dency.

“And Time voted (Datuk Seri) An­war Ibrahim the man-of-theyear and more pop­u­lar than (Tun Dr) Ma­hathir (Mo­hamad), but yet (Dr) Ma­hathir won the 1999 general elec­tion.”

Salleh, how­ever, brushed off the ar­ti­cle as ir­rel­e­vant to Malaysian pol­i­tics.

“(It) will not re­ally sway pub­lic opin­ion as those who sup­port the op­po­si­tion, or oth­er­wise, are not go­ing to shift just be­cause Time says Trump is more pop­u­lar than Na­jib out­side the town of Pekan.”

Be­sides Na­jib, the other “less pop­u­lar world lead­ers” named by Time were Ni­co­las Maduro (pres­i­dent of Venezuela), Ja­cob Zuma (pres­i­dent of South Africa), Michel Te­mer (pres­i­dent of Brazil) and Alexis Tsipras (prime min­is­ter of Greece).

Is ‘Time’ say­ing that Na­jib and the other four world lead­ers are less pop­u­lar than Trump in Tereng­ganu and Ke­lan­tan, or in New York City?

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