Yet another former senior editor of a government-owned paper has spoken out on the seizure of luxury yacht Equanimity linked to fugitive Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho (Jho Low).
Taking to Facebook, former New Straits Times (NST) group editor Mustapha Kamil Mohd Janor poked fun at “broiler chickens” wanting to protect the elusive millionaire without even knowing him personally.
“The luxury yacht seized by Indonesian authorities is linked to Jho Low. The Wall Street Journal also reports that Jho Low had attempted to stop the US DOJ (Department of Justice) investigations into him.
“But every time Jho Low’s name is mentioned, there will ‘broiler chickens’ who want to protect him. I feel that those who try to protect him have not even met him personally.
“They are not so sincere in wanting to protect Jho Low. They just want to protect their own rice bowls,” he wrote.
Mustapha quit NST in 2016 after 26 years with the company in wake of the 1MDB controversy. Since then, he has on numerous occasions voiced out against the government’s handling of the scandal and other national issues.
In today’s post, Mustapha said the continued attempt to protect Jho Low has reached comedic proportions.
“It seems like kids fighting. It may be funny, but the shame is on our country, Malaysia. We are now ‘world famous’ because of this Jho Low.
“We are so famous that even the Chiang Rai Timesnewspaper in northern Thailand, bordering Laos, has published about the seizure of Jho Low’s vessel,” he said.
Mustapha is the second former senior editor of a government newspaper who has criticised the government’s handling of the boat seizure issue.
Yesterday, former Utusan Malaysia senior editor Ku Seman Ku Hussain slammed the media blackout on the seizure, asking “Why are there parties out there eager to protect Jho Low?”