GEORGE TOWN: Two Penang assemblymen are calling for the Equanimity to be brought to the state for the people’s viewing pleasure.
The luxury yacht, which has been linked to businessman Low Taek Jho, is believed to have been acquired with funds allegedly plundered from 1MDB.
Daniel Gooi Zi Sen (DAP-Pengkalan Kota) said while it was great news that Malaysia now had possession of the yacht, bringing it to Penang would prove that kleptocrats once administered the country.
The RM1 billion Equanimity arrived in Port Klang from Bali yesterday. The vessel is at the centre of a US investigation into 1MDB.
Indonesian police seized the yacht at the request of the US authorities and handed it over to Malaysia after a recent visit by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the country.
“During our election campaign, we often spoke about the Equanimity, and now it is in our possession. There is a saying, ‘seeing is believing’.
“So what better way than to bring it over for a tour to Penang, and maybe other parts of the country (for people) to see it for themselves?” Gooi said at the state assembly today.
Gooi Hsiao-Leung (PKR-Bukit Tengah) agreed with the idea, saying the yacht should be brought over.
“Penang, after all, is the catalyst of the new Malaysia. What better idea than to bring it here?
“Maybe we can charge people a fee to have a look and the proceeds can go to Tabung Harapan.”