What is the most consequential issue that Malaysia is grappling with today that will bear on the country's future?
Put this question to Malaysians from the peninsula - or even Singaporeans, for that matter - and chances are, they will say leadership transition. Perfectly predictable I suppose, given the circumstances. No doubt, the question of who succeeds Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is an important one from the vantage of drama and spectacle. But, across the South China Sea in Sabah and Sarawak, the focus is decidedly different and political discussions are striking a different note.