A study by Ipsos has revealed that Malaysians are most concerned about immigration control, unemployment and governance.

The inaugural ‘What Worries Malaysia” survey, which was conducted among a total of 2027 consumers aged 15 to 64 years old across the nation, sought to find out the top current issues that were concerning Malaysians in 2017.

A press release from Ipsos has stated that Malaysians who were most worried about immigration control came from households with incomes of below RM3,000, Malays and those living in rural areas.


In addition, Malaysians with the highest reported level of worry in terms of unemployment came from household incomes of less than RM1,000, women, and students.

Other groups also found to be highly concerned about unemployment were Malays, those who were single and people aged 15 to 24 years.


“Those with a household income of less than RM1,000 and Generation Zs aged 15 to 24 years, were also among those most concerned about unemployment..this is partly related to foreign workers [taking up the jobs], as well as a concern that they are not getting the jobs that fit their aspirations, needs and lifestyle,” said Ipsos loyalty and public affairs Director Arun Menon, according to The Edge Markets.

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Ipsos also noted that based on its previous studies, a correlation exists between concern over unemployment and foreign workers, as concern over uncontrolled immigration tends to rise when unemployment rate is up.

Katharine Davis, managing director of Ipsos in Malaysia commented on the findings: “The concerns of our fellow Malaysians are by no means insignificant. Social issues such as immigration and unemployment are profound and have a direct impact on the livelihood of all our citizens.”

“Naturally, keeping abreast of the sentiments of Malaysian citizens by listening, understanding and anticipating their worries will help the development of important public policies,” she added.

This poll was conducted in tandem with the 26-country global study “What Worries the World”.

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