Rafidah Aziz: I managed to track down luxury yacht Equanimity in Phuket last year


Indonesian officials prepare to board the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some 250 million USD and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018 / AFP PHOTO

PETALING JAYA: Fomer Cabinet minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz claims she managed to locate the luxury yacht "Equanimity" in waters off Phuket, Thailand last year.

On her Facebook page on Sunday, Rafidah posted photos and videos that she took of the yacht, which has been linked to personalities surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

One photo showed crew members on board the Equanimity as it sailed while another had the yacht's tender (a smaller boat used to transport people and supplies between the yatch and shore) docked at the marina in Phuket at night with two people standing next to it.

Rafidah said she managed to pinpoint the exact location of the Equanimity using the vessel's automatic identification system while on a diving trip one year ago.

"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 said in her post.

"We were told by some people at the marina that Equanimity was anchored offshore and the owner [or] guests usually come onshore (sic) at night in the cover of darkness," she added.

She said she was told that the tender was docked in Phuket that night as the owner was celebrating Valentine's Day on shore with his guests.

She added that a simple Internet search was able to reveal the owners of the yatch and quoted the 'SuperYatchFan' website, which named Low Taek Jho and his Hong-Kong based investment fund Jynwel Capital as the owner of the vessel, valued at US$250mil (RM974.5mil).

On Thursday (March 1), Multimedia and Communication Minister Salleh Said Keruak released a statement saying that there is no tangible proof that the Equanimity is owned by Low, better known as Jho Low.

Salleh Said's statement came after Reuters reported that Indonesia had seized the Equanimity in Bali.

It said that the yacht was being sought by the US Department of Justice as part of a multibillion-dollar corruption investigation linked to 1MDB.

It also mentioned there were 34 crew members on board.

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