The dependency graph showcases the media exposure of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and the four top ministers, Lim Guan Eng (Finance Minister), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Home Minister), Mohamad Sabu (Defence Minister) and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (Economic Affairs Minister),
Most of them experienced a spike in their media exposure after they were appointed their respective positions in the cabinet. The exception was Azmin who had been appearing in over 1,000 articles monthly prior to his appointment as the Economic Affairs Minister.
On the contrary, Mat Sabu’s exposure in the media decreased after May, appearing in less than 1,000 articles monthly. A similar trend can be witnessed in Muhyiddin’s media presence. Yet, the Home Minister had a sudden surge in his media exposure in December 2018.
Whereas, Guan Eng had a spike in November 2019, being mentioned in over 3,000 articles. In that month, the Finance Minister announced the 2019 Budget and alleged that the previous Barisan Nasional government stole the tax refunds under the Goods and Service Tax (GST), among others.
However, Guan Eng’s media exposure drastically decreased in 2019 (data was gathered as of August 20). He slowed down since April 2019, but still had a higher media exposure compared to the other ministers.
On the other hand, Azmin’s media exposure was tremendously high in June and July 2019.
Regardless, his high media exposure was because of his alleged sex scandal. Since then, his media exposure returned to ‘normal’ in August.
Nevertheless, all of the five ministers have low media presence in August.