Anwar Ibrahim will contest the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in a by-election, promising six weeks to move a motion of no-confidence against the government of Abdullah Badawi.
That doesnt matter at all. Its a normal thing, isnt it?
What's more interesting is, public confidence in Malaysia's political and economic future has dwindled dramatically in recent months, with the prime minister's popularity hitting an all-time low.
A survey by the independent Merdeka Center research firm found that only 28 per cent of registered voters polled in July felt encouraged by the country's direction, a severe fall from 68 per cent in late February.
The center said its nationwide survey of 1,030 adults was conducted by telephone July 4-14 and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage point.
Fifty-four per cent were displeased with Pak Lah's performance, compared with 42 per cent who were satisfied. This was Pak Lah's worst approval rating since he took office in 2003, said the center's director Ibrahim Suffian.
The results follow a public backlash over the government's decision to hike gasoline prices by 41 per cent in June and persistent uncertainties after BN lost its longtime political dominance in March general elections.