Really it is more than just casting ballots to vote in a new MP. For the electorate of Permatang Pauh, the by-election would be telling on how well the reform-oriented drive by PR has been received. Simply put, the by-election is a vote of confidence on PR's reforms!
If DAIS is voted in with a landslide victory, it would be tantamount to sending a clear message that the ongoing reforms are receptive to the rakyat generally.
Conversely, if Anwar wins with a much diluted majority, the rakyat would interpret it as otherwise.
Expectedly, the polling of Permatang Pauh would be closely watched by BN of Sarawak. As the state election would be up in about two years' time, DAIS's show would be telling on the strength of the residual effect of the political tsunami on March 8.
Not long ago, CM of Sarawak overtly said that the political vibration of the 12th General Elections would be much subdued by the time Sarawak holds its next state election.
To certain extent, Permatang Pauh by-election polling results might serve as an indicator to Sarawak in its preparation for the coming-up state election.
The picture shows Arif Shah mingling with the Chinese voters.