PAS and Indonesiaís PKS ponder their political future in the wake of new challenges ahead. In the case of PAS, will it make up for its failure in Kedah and Kelantan?
Itís all about moving around and listening to people, looking beyond factionalism and mere politics to underlying themes that shape the world we live in.
Contrary to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razakís arguments in his victory speech, the Ď2013 tsunamií wasnít merely racial. There are also powerful socio-economic and political forces at work.
Many voters have already made up their minds and seem to be just going through the motions before casting their votes on May 5.
Three days in two big states may not give one the full picture of what is going on there but it does give one the opportunity to observe and listen to the people.
Each of the states will experience the polls differently, with localised issues having a major impact on the way voters respond on May 5.
In the new emerging media scene, the mainstream media is put to the test each time an election is in progress.
From Asia to South America, strong political parties have known to have fallen. But some like Indiaís Congress Party or Japanís Liberal Democratic Party have reinvented themselves and risen to the fore again.
Urban voters in capital cities are a savvy lot which will elect leaders who share their values.
JUSTICE will be an important theme in the upcoming elections. Many Malaysians feel our society is deeply unjust Ė with the elite (people like myself) enjoying a disproportionate share of the countryís wealth and power, whilst also shirking our responsibilities.
JELI-based Ustaz Harun is 83 years old and just over five feet tall. When he sits at the front seat of his Daihatsu Feroza, you can barely see his head over the top of the steering wheel.