PETALING JAYA: It would have been quite a distinction to have been compared with the president of the United States of America under most US administrations in the past, but nowadays, such a comparison would be cringeworthy for any world leader.
Hence, Time magazine putting up a list of five world leaders and calling them “less popular” than US President Donald Trump would not be a proud moment for any national leader.
Unfortunately for Prime Minister Najib Razak, he has been included into this “exclusive club” by Time, along with Nicolas Maduro (President of Venezuela), Jacob Zuma (President, South Africa), Michel Temer (President, Brazil) and
Alexis Tsipras (Prime Minister, Greece).
The most glaring similarity between Najib and Trump would be on the issue of the popular vote.
Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) won a majority of the parliamentary seats in the last general election to hold on to power despite having won only 47% of the total votes cast.
Similarly, Trump won the US presidential election last November based on the electoral college system giving him the edge, with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton garnering 2.9 million more votes than Trump in the final count.
According to Time magazine, Trump’s approval rating currently sits at just under 40%.
Over in Malaysia, the weekly reports that Najib’s approval rating is at record lows. Continue reading