There's a well-known Malay proverb 'cacing kena abu' which literally means 'worm in ashes' with the unmentioned but implied high temperature of the ashes, to wit 'hot ashes'.
Chuck an earth worm into hot ashes and you'll know what this proverb means when applied to a person as someone akin to a 'cacing kena abu'.
This proverbial 'abu' currently has a political context too.
PAS can be said to be like a 'cacing kena abu'. PKR is almost one.
Both parties realize, with PAS being the one affected more, that they'll lose more than a few of their current state seats (especially in Selangor, and for PKR, in Penang) without Chinese support. For more, see my last month's post titled Another Malaysian father-in-law story.
Looks like the Chinese will be blamed again - aiyah, apa lagi Cina mahu? Wakakaka.
PAS is a lost case vis-a-vis Chinese support. That is not to say it'll perish as a political party as it'll continue to have staunch supporters in the Heartland of Kelantan, and perhaps in Kedah. Perlis and Terengganu.
But I suspect it'll lose a significant number of its 15 seats in Selangor. Ikatan won't be able to help it much. I suspect UMNO may well be behind Ikatan's pairing up with PAS.
As for PKR, if the DAP were to go to open war with it (though unlikely in Peninsula because LKS still dreams of being in a coalition which can defeat BN, but a coalition which doesn't have the balls to define its shadow cabinet), PKR will come off worse vis-a-vis the Chinese voters, Tian Chua or not, wakakaka.
And those 4 treacherous PKR Chinese ADUN in Penang will likely disappear like Gerakan like MCA, wakakaka. Good riddance.