COMMENT | It is a year that nobody will ever forget as the curtain goes up to reveal two gladiators clashing in a fierce combat to win the hearts and minds of the people.
The brawl comes at the "worst of times" when the country is wracked with all manner of political, economic and social ills.
It is also a "season of darkness" because there is no guarantee that violence will not erupt when the caretaker government realises that it is heading for a severe drubbing.
There, in Putrajaya, sits the balding Bugis "king" with puffed cheeks and swollen eyes, who is worried that his grip on power will slip away come May 9.
He is screaming at the top of his voice "defend Putrajaya to the last drop of your blood".
There is a clash of shields and keris and vigorous stomping of feet as his soldiers sally forth to meet their enemy in the valley of the death.