Today is the much - awaited nomination day for Permatang Pauh by-election. As hotly predicted, at the close of the nomination, it is not a straight fight between DSAI of PR and Arif Shah under the banner of BN. PP turned out to be a three-cornered contest involving Anwar, Arif and Hanafi Hamar, president of PAS splinter Akim.
PP is undeniably a stronghold of DSAI and the by-election is almost a sure win. The superiority of DSAI over Arif Shah and Hanafi Hamar has cast little doubt in Malaysians' minds about Anwar's planned comeback to active politics through PP by-election.
However, a three-cornered fight would work towards diluting majority, making DSAI less shining.
Lately, PAS cracked a hair-thin line in PR, making the front vulnerable to further cracks in cohesive working relationship.
It all started with the Youth Wing of PAS hitting out vehemently at the party leaders for being weak on the party's Islamic state stand. This instantly blew chilly wind over the non-Muslim community.
The stand on Islamic state by PAS is a permanent thorn in the fleash of the grouping of PR, making the front appear wobbly at times.
On the run-up to the by-election, this hair-thin crack is certainly untimely. It might be costly to DSAI.