The Permatang Pasir state by-election scheduled for 25 Ogos 2009 is a straight fight between PAS state commissioner Mohd Salleh Man, 55, and Young Turk Rohaizat Othman, 38, from Umno.
Rohaizat Othman, a 38-year-old lawyer, married with one son, is a law graduate from the International Islamic University (UIA).
A graduate from Universiti Malaya, Mohd Salleh is self employed, previously having worked as a private school manager, a mosque official and an independent religious preacher.
The question remains: Does Rohaizat Othman have a chance of winning the Permatang Pasir seat?
Ironically, it does not ruled out the possibility of Rohaizat Othman winning the seat.
Although Permatang Pasir is a PAS stronghold, but it is believed that UMNO has certain effective strategies to undermine the opposition and winning the seat.
It is strongly believed that UMNO will play the development card as one of the main strategies other than the other effective strategies to win the heart and mind of the voters.
Ironically, development has often been left out in Permatang Pasir, and only BN can bring the area into the mainstream development programme.
The constituency has 20,290 voters and one postal vote, with 72.36 percent of the electorate being Malays, 25.85 percent Chinese, 1.63 percent Indians and 0.16 percent others. It has 300 new voters.