Equanimity docks in Langkawi

Those interested to bid for the Equanimity are required to pay a deposit of US$1 million (about RM4.2 million).

PETALING JAYA: The superyacht Equanimity has docked in Langkawi, Kedah, far from its original base in Pulau Indah, Port Klang.

Checks by FMT earlier tonight on two ship-tracking websites which provide real-time data show that Equanimity left Port Klang shortly after noon yesterday and arrived in Langkawi at 1.01am today.

Both the Marine Traffic and FindShip ship-tracking websites also show that the ship’s engine is currently being used as well.

Marine Traffic shows the yacht is located 6km or so southwest of Langkawi island, and about 3km northwest of Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Singa Besar.

Utusan Malaysia quoted Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor earlier today as confirming that the superyacht left Port Klang yesterday. Asked why it was in Langkawi, he said the question should be directed at the government.

FMT has contacted Mazlan for clarification.

Meanwhile, Malaysiakini tonight quoted 1MDB lawyer Jeremy M Joseph as confirming that the Equanimity will be in Langkawi until its ongoing bidding process ends on Nov 28.

It was relocated to the navy base in Langkawi “in the best interests of the safety and preservation of the vessel”, Jeremy said. He said prospective buyers can visit the vessel in Langkawi as well.

When asked to comment on the Utusan story, de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong laughed it off and told FMT he could neither confirm nor deny the story.

He said a related question on the matter would be put forth in Parliament tomorrow and told FMT the government would be answering FMT’s query on the superyacht during tomorrow’s proceedings.

US investigators from its Department of Justice (DOJ) have accused fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho of using money siphoned from 1MDB to purchase the yacht, believed to have been bought for RM1 billion.

The Equanimity is a 91m-long yacht with an interior clad in marble and gold leaf. It has a spa and sauna, a 20-metre swimming pool, a movie theatre, a lift and a helipad.

It had been parked at a terminal in Port Klang after the Indonesian government handed it over to Malaysia, its legal owners, in February following a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation by the DOJ on 1MDB.

The Equanimity was put up for sale on Oct 29 following the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s go-ahead to put the luxury vessel up for public bidding to recover money allegedly linked to 1MDB.

Those interested are required to pay a deposit of US$1 million (about RM4.2 million) for the bidding. This is to ensure only genuine buyers participate.