The 12th Parliamentary Election is the first fight between the two Chinese-based parties after the pain-stricken defeat the ruling SUPP suffered in the previous state election in 2006.
In that furiously fought battle, SUPP dishearteningly lost several seats to DAP, making the infamous fiasco a painful lesson for the component party of the ruling front.
The issues that killed SUPP off included land lease renewal, spiralling oil price and the toll issue.
In just less than two years, SUPP has to face up to the tough challenge posed by DAP in the parliamentary election on the same issues, albeit with some abatement in land lease.
In this election, a close fight is inevitable between the two rivals.