PETALING JAYA: Indonesian police have confirmed news that RM1 million in cash was found on board the luxury yacht Equanimity is false.
The false news have been circulating since a few days ago.
Indonesian portal Jawapos.com reported Indonesia’s Central Police Department deputy director of economic and special crimes Daniel Silitonga as saying that there was no money found on the yacht.
“I was the one who was leading the search on the ship. We didn’t find any money on board,” the portal reported him as saying.
The only document police found, according to Silitonga was the crew and passengers’ register.
According to the Indonesian media, the rumour began through a Facebook post on an account named “Miyoyo”, allegedly owned by a Malaysian.
“Indonesian investigators found 1 billion ringgit kept neatly in Jo Lo’s vessel?” the post read.
Equanimity was seized off Bali by Indonesian authorities on Feb 28.
The yacht is said to be sought as part of the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) investigation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
A spokesperson for Low Taek Jho, aka Jho Low, touted to be a key figure in US lawsuits, said the DoJ has stayed asset forfeiture proceedings in this case and has still not taken any steps to prove that any impropriety has occurred.
Meanwhile, the Dewan Rakyat yesterday rejected an emergency motion to urge the Prime Minister to explain the statement made by the Attorney-General on the luxury yacht Equanimity.
The motion filed by Gooi Hsiao Leung (PKR-Alor Setar) was rejected by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as it went against Standing Orders.
Standing Order 23(1)(c) states that a question shall not contain any argument, interference, opinion, imputation, epithet or misleading, ironical or offensive expression nor shall a question be frivolous or be asked seeking information on trivial matters.
Standing Order 23(1)(g), meanwhile, states that a question shall not be so drafted as to be likely to prejudice a case under trial, or be asked on any matter which is sub judice.
Gooi said the matter was of public importance and was not “frivolous”.
“We are just asking the Attorney-General to speak to the Americans to verify, look at the documents and see if these are assets belong to Malaysians to make a claim,” he told a press conference at Parliament.