KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Council member Nazri Aziz today hit out at two former ministers over their criticism against the government over Indonesia’s confiscation of a luxury yacht linked to the US investigation into 1MDB, saying it was due to their frustration at not being selected as candidates at the next polls.
The tourism and culture minister also accused former trade minister Rafidah Aziz and the government’s cultural adviser Rais Yatim of bearing a grudge against Umno.
“The election is coming and obviously they are frustrated people,” he said in comments addressed at the duo.
“It’s not easy to be dropped after being a minister for more than 10 years.
“So obviously they still hold this grudge against the present leadership. So let them gripe,” he said after attending an event today.
Rais had recently criticised Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak over statements made in the wake of Indonesia’s seizure of the yacht Equanimity in Bali late last month.
The yacht allegedly belonged to controversial businessman Low Taek Jho. Salleh had questioned this, saying there had yet to be proof of Low being its owner.
Days after the yacht was seized, Rafidah took to Facebook claiming she had managed to locate the luxury yacht off Phuket, Thailand, last year.
“I myself piloted my instructor’s boat to exactly where the Equanimity was at sea and I personally took photos and videos of the Equanimity at really very close range, including its ultra luxurious tender at the marina in Phuket later that night,” she wrote.
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun later said the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had never contacted him for his cooperation in the investigations into the Equanimity. Indonesian authorities had also not contacted Malaysia on the matter.