Updated, 3.45pm on Sat 3/4/10
Remember, it's not Rocky's Bru who's saying it. It's attributable to Merdeka Center, which has been tracking Najib's approval ratings since he became PM. Me, I just happened to expect the ratings for the man to go up given how the people are responding to him and his policies vis-a-vis what his political opponents have done or are doing, which is mainly to try and bring him down at all cost. It's not hard to see who's been working harder. Even the blindly anti-Najib Malaysian Insider can see it, here.
Read Najib's approval ratings moves upwards to 68 per cent by Bernama
How do you rate your Prime Minister? Several polls are underway to rank Najib's performance after a year in office. I won't be surprised if his ratings, including even by the Merdeka Centre, show an all-time high. This despite the current all-out offensive against the 1Malaysia concept which forms Najib's main thrust in governing, the looming Perkasa spectre, some booby traps in his own Umno backyard, the MCA headaches, etc.
The PM seems to be defeating the cyber and blog propaganda against him and at the same time winning the trust of the majority of people in his policies despite the somewhat still slow progress in the fight against corruption and some indecisiveness with regards to GST, subsidies, etc.
After a year seeing him on the public stage, many of us have come to realize that this man does not falter, is extremely cool under pressure, and is hell of a listener. He has avoided badmouth and back-stab politics and does not kick an opponent when he's down.
The New Economic Model's focus on the bottom-40 per cent income earners should add to the PM's ratings, as would the new salary scheme for the cops which would surely be followed up by pay adjustments and better incentives for some 120,000 personnel in our Armed Forces and 300,000 veterans (I'm merely guessing here). When this happens and if the expected global economic turnaround comes true (and if he could close the PKFZ chapter by nabbing them crooks, Najib's second year in office should be plain sailing.
He may even listen if you suggest he calls for a snap election next year.
p.s. I will update this posting with the outcome of the various polls with regards to Najib's first year in office. Maybe a choronology on landmark decisions.