Luxury yacht Equanimity which was linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, arrived in Langkawi on Wednesday for temporary docking after sailing from Port Klang on Tuesday.
The superyacht is currently docked at the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Naval Region 3 headquarters (Mawilla 3) jetty in Bukit Malut, said Langkawi district police chief Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim.
“Two Marine Police patrol boats, namely, PA45 and PSC18 with an RMN warship, KD Teguh, had escorted the yacht on the journey before arriving here at 10.35am,” he said.
The arrival of the luxury yacht attracted the attention of many netizens after the photo taken at the RMN base jetty went viral on social media.
The Equanimity left Port Klang shortly after noon on Tuesday (Nov 13) and arrived in Langkawi on Wednesday morning.
Malaysiakini quoted 1MDB lawyer Jeremy M Joseph as confirming that the yacht was relocated to the navy base in Langkawi “in the best interests of the safety and preservation of the vessel”.
“Langkawi is a suitable environment for prospective buyers to visit the vessel where she is safe, in calm blue waters, and against a picturesque background.
“The vessel will be there until Nov 28,” he was quoted as saying.
The bidding process for the Equanimity began on Oct 28, with interested buyers having to pay a US$1 million deposit, after which they can view the vessel and make bids.
The Equanimity is a 92-metre-long yacht with an interior clad in marble and gold leaf. It has a spa and sauna, a 20-metre swimming pool, a movie theatre, a lift and a helipad.
It had been parked at a terminal in Port Klang after the Indonesian government handed it over to Malaysia in February following a corruption investigation by the DOJ on 1MDB.