The MAS-Air Asia deal has officially become a general election issue.
It means that it has made it into the list of Top Priority issues that MUST be resolved before PM Najib Razak can call for PRU13.
In other words, the MAS-AA share swap deal is potentially so contentious and scandalous that it may result in a serious drop in the Prime Minister's popularity if not resolved. If not managed in time, it can cost the ruling coalition precious votes in the coming General Election.
The other issues include the public listing of Felda, the NFC, and Lynas.
Tun Daim Zainuddin says NFC will be more detrimental to Najib than Lynas [Tun Daim: Arrogance cost 2008, NFC more detrimental than Lynas] but Shahrizat Jalil's decision to resign over NFC (her husband has also been charged for CBT) is seen as part of the solution to the NFC problem. Against that backdrop, the growing discontent in Malaysia Airlines over the MAS-AA deal sticks out like a sore thumb.
p.s. Does Pakatan Rakyat have a list of general election issues?