GEORGE TOWN: Can the superyacht Equanimity be loaned to Penang for public display?
This question caused a five-minute stir at the Penang State Assembly meeting on Wednesday (Aug 8).
Gooi Hsiao Leung (PH-Bukit Tengah) was speaking and when he touched on corruption, Daniel Gooi Zi Sen (PH-Pengkalan Kota) rose and asked if Gooi would support the idea of bringing the Equanimity to Swettenham Pier for Penangites to board and see it for themselves.
“Yes. I support it. Let us urge the Tourism Development exco member to push for the yacht to be loaned to Penang.
“We can charge the public for entry and the proceeds can be channelled into Tabung Harapan.
“We all know who the owner of Equanimity is and it has to do with corruption, which Penangites see as a crucial issue. They will want to see the yacht for themselves,” said Gooi.
State Tourism Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, however, had stepped out of the Hall momentarily when the matter was raised.
Opposition Leader Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor (BN-Bayan Lepas) stood up and tried to have his say but was not given a chance.
Gooi spoke louder, drowning out Muhamad Yusoff's words: “Enough, YB. I have the floor”.
The Equanimity, estimated to be worth RM1bil, is said to be owned by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, known the world over as Jho Low.
It was seized by Indonesia and recently returned to Malaysia as part of investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund.
The superyacht's stern is marked “Equanimity” and “George Town”.