At the heart of it has been PAS Hadi Awang's and Mahathir's so-called pact of Muslim-Malay unity.
Mahathir claimed PAS has agreed not to support UMNO in Semenyih whilst PAS side (Hadi himself keeping mum) asserted that the pact only has to do with Malay and Islamic unity and nothing to do with Semenyih, implying PAS will still support UMNO in the coming by-election.
PAS said that Mahathir revealed an internal-Pakatan plot to oust him as PM, following which non-Malay non-Islamic forces will govern the nation, Anwar as PM notwithstanding. Since Mahathir has NOT denied this, we can assume PAS story on this to be indeed from Mahathir's mouth.
"From Mahathir's mouth"!!! - note that I didn't say it was the TRUTH. We can thus assume that my suspicion is the alleged intra-Pakatan plot might have been from Mahathir's mouth, but that so-called plot has not necessarily been kosher, wakakaka.
There has been plausibility in that "cerita" because of rising tension and acrimony between Mahathir and Anwar, where we witnessed in recent times Anwar REPETITIVELY stressing on his so-called "confidence" in Mahathir and that Mahathir "will relinquish the PM post" to him by end of two years (since March 2019).
Mahathir himself kept silent on the matter of succession, leaving Anwar to flounder like a landed fish on the hot jetty in his repeated self-reassurance. That sure smelled awfully of innate treachery, suspicion and acrimony.
Thus I am inclined to believed that part of the PAS revelation, that Mahathir told Hadi Awang of an intra Pakatan plot to oust him and consequentially threaten Muslim-Malay status and unity.
There's nothing more likely to stir the cockles of Hadi's Islamic heart than to hear of a DAP plot to undermine Muslim-Malaydom, apart from some inherent "benefits" wakakaka.
It's likely the 2 Pakatan parties that PAS revealed in Mahathir's alleged plot would be the DAP and Anwar's faction of PKR. DAP is not necessary participating in such an alleged plot but who the Eff cares. Drag those Cinapeks in and Pak Hadi's temperature would definitely rise, wakakaka. See also Malaysiakini's PAS fuels coup narrative by challenging DAP to back Dr M for full term.
Politics is indeed a perception game, wakakaka, but it's also about numbers. Let's see some figures:
Mahathir has 22 Pribumi seats, by election as well as by shameless frogology.
He can rely on Azmin Ali's Dökkálfar Dwarfs, which according to Brick-in-Wall's stats, number at least 21 (maybe more).
PBB can offer 13.
That totals to 56, and with PAS 18, Mahathir has 74. And possibly in the name of his "Malay-Muslim unity", Amanah may bestow its 11.
That makes it 85.
I don't think Warisan will play ball with him since his declaration to go into Sabah. But he needs another 27-ish which is likely to come from most of UMNO's 37 plus bits & pieces from Sarawak and Sabah.
Just to remind everyone, Azmin was seen holidaying with Hishamuddin in Morocco, wakakaka.
Against Mahathir, if the plot does materialise, there's Anwar's PKR with 29 MPs, according to Brick-in-Wall's stats. DAP has 42 but it all depends on Lim Kit Siang who seems to have thrown his lot in with Mahathir; nonetheless let's count the 42 as the DAP Gurkhas are restless.
That's only 71.
But with Pribumi threatening to enter Sabah, Warisan may now side with Anwar. It has 9, which gives Anwar a total of 80.
But even if the stats thus far are as inconclusive as I have presented it, Mahathir has nonetheless extracted Hadi's pledge (of whatever good he can attach to one made by Hadi Awang) that PAS' 18 MPs won't go to the kaffir DAP-PKR plot.
Everyone, Hadi, Mahathir, Anwar, is concealing the REAL motives. It seems the only person not fibbing is totally clueless and now-dumbfounded Lim Guan Eng, wakakaka. He should seek the advice of his very silent father.