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PN support came from youth with low education levels and income, says PH

PH secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail says young voters with a stable income and higher education were more likely to support the coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim.

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Perikatan Nasional supporters wave flags and banners at a campaign event in Kuala Lumpur, Nov 14, 2022.
Perikatan Nasional supporters wave flags and banners at a campaign event in Kuala Lumpur, Nov 14, 2022.

A Pakatan Harapan (PH) minister has said that the youth who voted for Perikatan Nasional (PN) at last year's general election lacked higher education and a steady income. 

Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said this was shown in a study conducted by PH after the Nov 19, 2022 polls. 

The PH secretary-general also said that young voters with a stable income and higher education were more likely to support the coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim. 

"We found that the higher their education and more stable their income, the more likely they were to vote for us," he said. 

"Meanwhile those with lower education levels and an uncertain income who ride on motorcycles here and there voted for PN.

"This is what the data showed," Saifuddin added in a speech at the Perak PH convention for 2023 in Sungai Petani on Feb 25. 

Saifuddin was one of several PKR leaders who failed to defend their seats at the last general election. 

He was appointed as a senator after losing his Kulim Bandar Baharu seat, as well as home minister under the coalition government led by PH and Barisan Nasional (BN). 

PAS won 49 parliamentary seats at the election, including six under the Bersatu flag, making it the dominant Malay party with nearly 43% of Malay constituencies compared to Umno (23%) and PKR (11%). 

Saifuddin said PH had also obtained data for these findings from the Election Commission, Department of Statistics and Malaysian Companies Commission.

"We covered all 222 parliamentary seats," he said. "Everything was analysed. 

"And we saw several trends at the national level, but not in Kedah, including the fact that the higher the people's income and the more densely populated the area, the more voters supported PH." 

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