Book Review

Book on Jho Low tells of stars partying on 1MDB tab

The writers paint the story of Jho Low as a cautionary tale about "the failure of global capitalism".
The writers paint the story of Jho Low as a cautionary tale about "the failure of global capitalism".ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA

It is the book that purported 1MDB mastermind Jho Low is trying to stop from hitting the shelves in today's global launch. But like the fugitive's final attempts to cover up a growing hole of splurged cash siphoned from the state fund - outlined in Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood And The World - his legal threats against distributors come too little, too late.

Malaysians, victims of one of the most sordid financial heists in living memory, have been able to buy the 380-page volume since last week. Several bookstores have already sold out their initial stocks. And with court charges levelled against Low - full name Low Taek Jho - and disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak, retailers elsewhere are unlikely to hold back.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Book on Jho Low tells of stars partying on 1MDB tab'. Print Edition | Subscribe