Ibrahim Suffian, head of independent opinion polling firm Merdeka Centre said that, to succeed, Mahathir needs to find a way to cooperate with PAS and ensure straight fights instead of three-corner tussles for seats. “If not, the Malay vote is split and [National Front] will likely be able to maintain its advantage,” he said. “The key challenge for the alliance between the erstwhile enemies is not their internal factions but rather their coalition partners DAP and Amanah to accept a compromise with other parties.”
In January 2001 al-Awlaki returned to the ., settling in the Washington metropolitan area . There, he was imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque near Falls Church, Virginia . He led academic discussions frequented by FBI Director of Counter-Intelligence for the Middle East Gordon M. Snow . Al-Awlaki also served as the Muslim chaplain at George Washington University ,     where he was hired by Esam Omeish .  Omeish said in 2004 that he was convinced that al-Awlaki was not involved in terrorism.