KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- Ninety-five per cent of the 1,458 respondents in a study stated they were proud to be Malaysian citizens due to the country's rapid development and the infrastructure available.
The respondents said they were also proud to be Malaysians because of the government's strong commitment to developing the country, while it had also ensured stability, narrowed the economic gap and made efforts to check crime.
The study on "Malaysia after 52 years of Independence" was conducted by Prof Datuk Seri Dr Syed Arabi Idid from the Communications, Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences Faculty of the International Islamic University and research fellow Azrul Hisyam Wakichan.
"The study was done to gauge Malaysians' pride for the nation in conjunction with its 52nd Independence anniversary," Syed Arabi, who is also the university's rector, told Bernama when contacted here on Sunday.
He said the percentage of respondents who stated they were proud to be Malaysians had increased to 103 per cent this year compared to 97 per cent in a similar survey conducted in Sept 2007 involving 2,707 respondents aged 21-35 and 36-50.
"This shows that their pride of being Malaysians is due to the government's efficiency in running the country," he added. -- BERNAMA