1MDB is on the radar for the first time in awhile, but it has little to do with the election and more to do with awesome superyachts and Miranda Kerr’s ex. Indonesian police seized businessman Jho Low’s yacht Equinamity off the coast of Bali after a tip-off from the FBI. There’s a bit of renewed interest in the case, but it was never going to be one on which many voters made their choice. I don’t really have much to say on it, but it can’t be ignored! I think there’s some interesting analysis to be had on both Mahathir and Najib’s allegations of corruption essentially cancelling each other out, so point me in that direction if you come across it.
Channel News Asia has followed up on billionaire sugar king Robert Kuok. It underlines the racial element of the attacks on Kuok, including commentary from Barisan Nasional-aligned Malaysian Chinese Association who say that the controversy “once again shows that the Chinese contribution to Malaysia is not appreciated by the government.”
Who’s afraid of PAS? Not Mahathir, who says it’s a lot of talk for not much result.
A task force has been set up by the police to monitor for ‘provocation and seditious comments’ on social media as we heat up. Almost 70,000 officers will be involved with the program and it’s part of a wider scheme to ensure the campaign is safe and secure.
I love an ‘opposition visits leader’s hometown’ story. Here’s Mahathir in Najib’s hometown Pekan, shortly after Najib visited Langkawi, and it seemed to go well. Najib has held the seat literally longer than I’ve been alive though so let’s call this one ‘safe as houses’.
See you next week!