Store has a ‘Jholly’ time with parody gimmick

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Nov 2018

PETALING JAYA: ’Tis the season to be jolly, so much so that even the 1MDB scandal is parodied with the tagline “Jholly Season”.

Apom Store, a shop selling products that showcases the quirky side of Malaysian culture, has released a line of “Jholly” Christmas gifts featuring a mascot with a resemblance to fugitive businessman Jho Low, the central figure in the 1MDB case.

Depicting a bespectacled, rotund man on the run, pictures of the items have gone viral on social media. The pictures were taken by Peter Yeoh and posted on the Penang Walkabouts Facebook page. For more, go here.

Naughty Santa: The life-sized ‘mascot’ greeting customers at the entrance to Apom Store in Bangsar, and the Christmas card (below).
Naughty Santa: The life-sized ‘mascot’ greeting customers at the entrance to Apom Store in Bangsar, and the Christmas card (below).  

“This is not a political message. We just want people to find humour in a very serious issue,” Apom founder Kelvin Long said.

The campaign, he said, was aimed at getting Malaysians to laugh amidst a contentious political climate.

There are T-shirts featuring messages such as “Lari, Party, Jholly, Repeat”.

And since it will be Christmas soon, a red and white mug says “Jho! Jho! Jho! Tis the season of giving ... back”.

Another message on a mug proclaims: “Drink it like you stole it.”

There is also a Jho Low-inspired festive greeting that reads: “Wishing You A Billion Dollar Christmas!”

“Finding Jholly” is an illustrated game where readers have to spot the mascot dressed in a black-and-white striped prison garb.

A previous version of this story did not attribute the pictures to Penang Walkabouts, which has now given us permission. We apologise for the error.

Jho jho in town

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Lifestyle , Shopping , Christmas , Jho Low


Next In Nation

Samsung unveils Galaxy S23 Ultra (from RM5,699) with 200-megapixel camera, S23+ (from RM4,699) and S23 (from RM3,899)
Health Ministry to ask for better funding to improve services, says Dr Zaliha
PM congratulates FAM president on being elected as FIFA council member
Govt to apply space tech to track illegal dumping sites, says Nga
Floods: Situation in Johor improves slightly with number of victims reduced to 976
MACC probe against Bersatu an abuse of govt agencies, claims Hamzah
Melaka Mayor asked to look into road safety issues on first day of work
Immigration DG: Quick Response Teams to man check-in counters at KLIA during peak hours
'Secret' illegal settlement in Nilai raided, 67 nabbed
Serdang Hospital did their best under the circumstances, says Selangor Health Dept on allegations of negligence in patient's death

Others Also Read