Three states in the ethnic Malay heartland will be heading to the polls this 12 August – Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Most of the data and analyses from last November’s general election are now no longer an indication of current support for the different coalitions or even the government.
So what then is likely to shape Malay voting choices this time around?
Astro Awani’s Melisa Idris speaks to Aliran honorary secretary Dr Azmil Tayeb, an associate professor in the School of Social Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. He is also a visiting research fellow at Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute and has done extensive research on Islamic politics, social movements and local government politics in Malaysia and Indonesia.