The cases involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal is currently ongoing.
Just yesterday (8 November), it was revealed that the High Court had rejected the government’s application to forfeit assets belonging to Najib, his family and several other parties.
Meanwhile in a development today, the prosecution in Najib’s 1MDB corruption trial likened the company’s operations to a “coffee shop in Petaling Street”.
NajibSource: The Edge Markets
According to The Edge Markets, Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram made the remark in objecting to the line of questioning by the defence in its cross-examination of former 1MDB Chief Executive Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman, who has been on the witness stand since 14 September last year.
“It appears that 1MDB’s finances were run like a Chinese coffee shop on Petaling Street.”
“Our case is that these people (1MDB staff) acted on Jho Low’s instruction and Jho Low was the accused’s (Najib) alter ego,” he added, referring to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.
Source: Berita Harian
Netizens amused and insulted at comparison
The comment by Sri Ram made headlines everywhere and blew up over on social media. It has even led to the phrases “Petaling Street” and “1MDB” to trend on Twitter, with many users commenting on how the comparison is inaccurate and ridiculous.
Many explained that the analogy is unfair as Chinese coffeeshops at Petaling Street are profitable whilst 1MDB was not at all
Some users even commented that the management of Chinese coffeeshops at Petaling Street would have handled things better. One said, “Chinese coffeeshops in Petaling Street has order despite all the chaos and serves tasty food and beverages which were bang for one’s buck.”
“Cant’ say the same about 1MDB though.”
Another said, “I see this as a compliment as most Chinese coffeeshops are profitable and they pay taxes.”
One commenter said, “Wrong analogy. Whether it be a Chinese coffeeshop or a mamak, they run it profitably with true integrity and honesty.”
“Anyone can eat and get full at a kopitiam. At 1MDB, only the corrupt gets full.”
“That’s an unfair comparison,” they added.
Do you agree with the analogy? Let us know in the comments.