Who is perceived as a better leader? A recent poll conducted by the independent Merdeka Centre revealed that Malaysians are just as divided over who makes a better leader. Anwar is slightly ahead of Najib as to who is a better leader. A racial breakdown of the respondents revealed that Najib has more support from the Malays, while the Chinese and Indians are for Anwar. It is indicative of how fractured the nation is politically. For Anwar to become the prime minister, he has to win over the support of the Malays.