Malaysians’ distrust of govt, media, NGOs in line with global trends

Source: FMT News

Edelman Trust Barometer 2017 report states decline in trust level towards businesses as well. Pic form FMT News.

Edelman Trust Barometer 2017 report states decline in trust level towards businesses as well. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have generally grown in their distrust of four key institutions in the country, namely the government, media, businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

This was revealed in the Edelman Trust Barometer 2017 report launched yesterday.

While the trust levels by Malaysians towards business organisations and NGOs this year remained neutral at 58% and 56% respectively, they dropped from last year’s trust level of 61% and 58%, respectively.

However, the pre-existing distrust of the government and media worsened between 2016 and 2017, the report said. Read more

Malaysians now less trusting of Putrajaya, businesses and online information, study shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to a study, the trust Malaysians placed in the federal government was now lower as a result of their perception towards the financial issues facing state-owned entities, including 1MDB. ― AFP pic

According to a study, the trust Malaysians placed in the federal government was now lower as a result of their perception towards the financial issues facing state-owned entities, including 1MDB. ― AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The trust Malaysians have in its government, businesses and social media have dropped this year compared due to their perception of various prominent financial issues affecting the country last year, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2016.

In the study results released today, the global public relations firm said public trust in the government dipped by 7 percentage points from 46 per cent in its 2015 survey to 39 per cent this year among the general population and dropped 11 percentage points to 34 per cent among the informed public.

According to Edelman Malaysia managing director Robert Kay, the trust Malaysians placed in the federal government was now lower as a result of their perception towards the financial issues facing state-owned entities, including 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“Government credibility took a big hit after significant issues around alleged corruption and freedom of expression, along with the real and perceived lack of transparency and widespread allegations of mismanagement at state-linked companies,” he told a news conference during the unveiling of the results here today. Read more