While Mahathir was on overdrive to run the country, there were pretenders, revellers, dreamers, plotters, shadow players, backstabbing, and jostling for influence/voters overtly and covertly.
Mahathir, being tolerant of fools gave them plenty of rope to hang themselves eventually. How they plotted against each other and against Mahathir.
What you make of them? You be the judge.
The country and rakyat are at their worst situation being swindled by Najib by the billions.