KUALA LUMPUR: It was supposed to be a night filled with fanfare celebrating JJPTR’s two glorious years of operation.
However, hardly a third of the tables at the controversial investment scheme’s second anniversary dinner was taken.
Scheduled to start at 7pm yesterday at Berjaya Times Square’s Manhattan Hall, JJPTR founder Johnson Lee earlier said it was supposed to be attended by “1,000” investors.
The dinner was a mere shadow of last year’s event. Themed “A Magical Beginning”, the packed dinner last June featured an indoor stage with singing and magic performances.
In contrast, yesterday’s event did not even have a banner indicating that it was a JJPTR function.
Only the words “banquet dinner” were written on a card displayed at every table, along with a menu showing eight vegetarian dishes.
Sources said the organisers had planned for a stage along with performances, but decided against it at the eleventh hour.
It was also learnt that the organisers initially wanted to cancel the dinner, but chose not to after realising they would not get a full refund.
Hotel management told reporters that the organisers did not even request for microphones or an audio system.
“There will not be deejays, music or even speeches. It is going to be a dinner only,” said a hotel staff.
None of the JJPTR employees were present.
Hotel management told reporters that they liaised with an events company hired by JJPTR to organise the dinner.
Those managing the guest list were part-time staff who were not allowed to talk to the press.
JJPTR made headlines recently after Lee claimed that the company had lost US$400mil (RM1.738bil) due to a “hacking job”.
Investors panicked when the 20% monthly interest they were promised was not deposited into their accounts in April.
Police arrested Lee and two of his right-hand men on Tuesday morning.
The trio were released on police bail on Friday after their remand expired, but they were re-arrested shortly afterwards.