05 April 2019

Jho Low’s effort to scoop back his toy cheaply fails...

Genting bought Jho Low’s 
Equanimity for US126 million...

Not many people like buying stolen goods, let alone one as huge as Equanimity, the superyacht once belonged to Jho Low (full name: Low Taek Jho). Although the luxury boat was not physically stolen, it was bought by Mr. Low for an eye-popping US$250 million (RM1 billion) using money stolen from 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad).

Jho Low, the infamous partner-in-crime of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, was incredibly furious after his favourite toy – The Equanimity – was handed over to the new Government of Malaysia by Indonesia without much challenge. The fugitive has been complaining that his yacht was illegitimately seized by the Mahathir government from Indonesia last August.

Prior to the sale of the yacht announced today, Jho Low has been foaming at the mouth for months, accusing the Malaysian Government of being responsible for substantially eroding the yacht’s value, leading to its failure to be sold in the first round of auctions. As part of the US-Department of Justice’s investigation, the yacht was seized in Bali, Indonesia, in Feb 2018.

Today, Attorney General Tommy Thomas announced that the Equanimity has finally been sold to casino operator Genting Malaysia Bhd for US$126 million (RM514 million). Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the luxury yacht was sold to the highest bidder. That was indeed a splendid news after The Star reported that the government could drop the price to as low as US$80 million.

According to sources, bidders refused to pay more than US$100 million for the controversial yacht. That would be lower than the minimum bid price of US$130 million desired by the Malaysian government as reported in December, a price based on a valuation made by the United Kingdom-based independent appraiser Winterbothams.

Genting Berhad Buys Equanimity Yacht - Lim Kok Thay

As the second phase of bidding neared the March 31 deadline, the government was obviously desperate to get rid of the giant liability. As disclosed by the Ministry of Finance, taxpayers’ money to the tune of RM14.2 million was splashed to maintain the luxury boat for the last eight months – averaging RM1.77 million every month.

Like “car depreciation”, a yacht, especially one as scandalous as Equanimity, depreciates tremendously fast. Hence, foreign potential buyers knew the government wants to dispose of the vessel as soon as possible due to its high maintenance cost. Every single day the yacht stays docked in Langkawi, Kedah, the cheaper it would become for buyers.

Heck, there were even rumours that Jho Low deliberately badmouthed the government, including spreading fake news that the yacht was not properly taken care of, because he was hoping to scoop back his toy as cheap as possible through proxy. As expected, the billionaire fugitive wasted no time condemning the Malaysian government after the sale today.

Jho Low’s spokesman, Benjamin Haslem, Co-CEO of Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs, said that the “below market price sale” of the yacht was due to the ineptitude of the Mahathir administration. He also claimed that if the yacht was not illegally seized from Indonesia and docked in a hazardous environment at Port Klang, it would have maintained its value and avoided a fire sale.

Mr. Low’s spin doctor said – “It took the Mahathir Government twice as long as they promised to sell the yacht, the auction flopped and the ‘transparent’ sales process the Mahathir Government committed to at the outset has been subject to multiple abrupt changes – largely forced on the Government through their own incompetence.”

The attacks included a personal insult at the government for losing its recent by-elections. Haslem said – “No wonder recent by-election results demonstrate a growing concern from the Malaysian people. As we have stated from the beginning, this is a failed PR stunt, which arrogantly ignored court rulings in Indonesia as well as established legal proceedings in the US.”

Jho Low Equanimity Yacht Confiscated - Jho Low and Najib Razak - FBI DOJ

As amusing as it may sound, the simple fact that Jho Low pays top dollars for propagandist or PR specialist to constantly attack the government on the issue of the Equanimity since August last year speaks volumes about how much he actually loves his yacht, which he had used since 2014 before being seized by the Indonesian authorities in collaboration with FBI and US-DoJ.

Believed to be still hiding in China, Jho Low has since lost the ability to live a free life sailing around the world in the international water with the Equanimity, which is equipped with Jacuzzi (on deck), sauna, helicopter landing pad, swimming pool, movie theatre, beach club, beauty salon and whatnot. That explains his frustration at the confiscation of the yacht, but not his private jet – Bombardier Global 5000.

However, exactly why Genting burned half a billion Ringgit on a depreciating yacht like Equanimity? Confirming the purchase, the casino operator said the acquisition would allow it to differentiate itself from its competitors and provide the company with a unique and competitive edge for its premium customers’ business. Seriously?

Any Tom, Dick and his hamster can tell that it doesn’t make any business sense spending US$126 million (RM514 million) on a yacht that could only accommodate 26 guests. It’s difficult to get back it’s ROI. The closest Genting has associated itself with ships was in the business of luxury cruise line – Star Cruises – operating in the Asia-Pacific market and based in Hong Kong.

Genting Malaysia, which is involved in gaming, hotel and resort-related operations, has no compelling justification to buy the super luxury and super expensive yacht. Hence, the only explanation Genting’s boss Lim Kok Thay, the son of Genting Highlands founder Lim Goh Tong, bought the Equanimity has everything to do with “National Service”.

In the event the vessel cannot be sold after second round of bidding, Jho Low would have the right to gloat. Mahathir government will be humiliated. Curiously, Genting was willing to pay a hefty premium for the yacht, when other buyers would not touch it with a 10-foot pole unless at below US$100 million. It wasn’t a coincidence that Genting’s offer price was very close to the government’s desired US$130 million. - FT

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Akan percaya hanya apabila 
Najib dalam kandang terduduh...

Di hadapan orang ramai, bekas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, tunjuk berani. Ini adalah kerana dia tahu dia boleh berbohong dan ada sebahagian orang ramai akan percaya. Jadi dia pun tunjuk berani. Dia mahu perbicaraan kes SRC International Sdn Bhd yang dijadualkan bermula esok (3 April) disiarkan secara langsung.

Tetapi di hadapan mahkamah dia takut oleh sebab dia tahu bukti terhadapnya kuat. Jadi dia buat macam-macam muslihat untuk lengah dan gagalkan perbicaraan. Apabila kita semua dibagi gambaran dan jaminan bahawa perbicaraan akan dimulakan esok, tiba-tiba Najib buat satu lagi percubaan menghalangnya.

Peguam dia yang bernama Harvinderjit Singh semalam kemukakan rayuan kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan agar pertimbangkan semula keputusannya memulakan perbicaraan. Saya amat berharap mahkamah tertinggi negara itu akan tolak rayuan ini sebagai remeh (frivolous).

Inilah muslihat Najib dan para peguamnya mencari talian hayat bagi memanjangkan umurnya sebagai orang bebas. Mereka tahu jika perbicaraan tidak dihalang dan Najib masuk kandang tertuduh, maka harapan membuktikan yang dia tidak bersalah adalah tipis.

Peguam ni mereka tahu dari awal lagi sama ada anak guaman mereka bersalah atau tidak. Mereka “bicarakan” dulu anak guaman mereka sebelum dibicarakan oleh mahkamah. Kalau mereka percaya akan guaman mereka tidak bersalah, mereka akan pertahankannya atas dasar dia tidak bersalah. Tetapi kalau pada pendapat mereka dia bersalah, mereka akan pertahankannya atas dasar dia bersalah.

Dalam sistem kehakiman kita, tugas pendakwa raya membuktikan sabitan kes adalah lebih berat daripada pembela menafikan pembabitan tertuduh. Pendakwa raya wajib membuktikan di luar sebarang keraguan bahawa tertuduh melakukan jenayah yang dituduh.

Pihak pembela hanya perlu menimbulkan keraguan berpatutan terhadap bukti dan hujah pendakwa. Itu pun rasanya Najib tidak yakin sebab dia sendiri tahu apa yang dia lakukan itu adalah salah dan tidak patut dilakukan apatah lagi oleh seorang Perdana Menteri.

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Duit Pesara Kerajaan

Nombor satu, duit sebanyak RM42 juta yang masuk ke dalam akaun peribadi Najib itu bukan duitnya atau duit suku-sakatnya. Bukan duit Yayasan Noah (datuknya sebelah ibu) atau sumber-sumber lain yang sah dari segi undang-undang.

Ia adalah duit SRC International Sdn Bhd. Masa itu, SRC adalah anak syarikat milik penuh 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). SRC ini pula pinjam RM4.4 bilion daripada Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) atau KWAP kononnya untuk buka lombong arang batu di Mongolia (negeri mendiang Altantuya Shaariibuu).

KWAP ini adalah pemegang amanah duit pencen kakitangan awam. Duit orang pencen dan yang akan pencen. Kita hendak tahu macam mana dan untuk tujuan apa duit dari tabung pencen kakitangan awam boleh masuk ke dalam akaun peribadi Najib.

Maaf cakaplah kalau saya kata, saya tidak berapa percaya lagi dengan perbicaraan Najib ini. Saya akan percaya hanya apabila Najib didudukkan di dalam kandang tertuduh di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur esok dan mula dibicarakan.

Itu pun belum ada jaminan bahawa Najib dan pasukan pembelaannya tidak akan buat tipu-helah macam digigit anjing, sakit perut dan kesuntukan masa. Silap-silap Najib minta tangguh sebab dia kena hadir Dewan Rakyat yang sedang bersidang sekarang.

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Tak tahulah kalau dia diperlukan minta cuti atau Dewan Rakyat sendiri bagi kelepasan untuk hadir perbicaraan. Dia akan buat semua ini untuk mengabui mata rakyat jelata yang tidak arif mengenai undang-undang. Bagi Najib segala-galanya adalah mengenai perbatuan politik (political mileage).

Inilah malapetaka yang telah menimpa orang Melayu yang pastinya beragam Islam sehingga sanggup terus menerima dan menyanjung orang seperti Najib sebagai “Bossku”. Akibat perbuatan orang seperti inilah maka Melayu dan Islam terancam bukan kerana Pakatan Harapan menumbangkan Barisan Nasional.

Sebaliknya kerana kemenangan PH lah segala jenayah dan kejahatan kerajaan dahulu dapat dibongkar, diambil tindakan dan negara diselamatkan. Melayu dan Islam terancam kerana perbuatan “Bossku” dan merka yang seangkatan dengannya.

Mereka inilah yang menggunakan slogan bangsa dan agama untuk memukau dan membodohkan orang Melayu. Dalam mereka merompak dan mencuri puluhan bilion duit negara dan merosakkan institusi kerajaan, rakyat jelata diberikan dedak kerana wang tunai adalah raja.

Bagi saya dan saya yakin begitu juga dengan majoriti rakyat jelata, jenayah rompakan duit negara ini akan selesai hanyalah apabila keadilan dilakukan dan yang bersalah disumbatkan ke dalam penjara. Itu pun kita tetap memerlukan masa dan keringat untuk memperbetulkan segala kerosakan yang dilakukan oleh tertuduh dan mereka yang bersekongkol dengannya. - A.Kadir Jasin

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PAS masih menjadi parti BODOH dan KAYPOH. BN yang bertanding di Rantau, parti Pak Lebai sibuk menempek bendera..Satu kerja pulak penguatkuasa SPR turunkan bendera mak kau hijau tu!


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