Speaking Of Asia

Carlos Ghosn and memories of the Biscuit King

Long before the former Nissan chief's sensational escape from Japan, a flamboyant Indian tycoon made headlines when he bolted from Singapore to evade justice

Carlos Ghosn's spectacular flight from Japan's legal system and his dramatic reappearance in Lebanon, his mother's native land, has the stuff of a top-class Hollywood thriller - scandal, crime busters, media attention, money, and Henry Kissinger's ultimate aphrodisiac of all, power. Indeed, it is the sort of movie that might have drawn funding from a financier like Malaysia's Jho Low, who famously helped seed The Wolf Of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Reading the gripping saga of intrigue that surrounded this iconic figure in the global automobile industry - so much was the former head of Nissan-Renault to the manner born that his parents presciently even gave him a name starting with "car" - the mind travels back a quarter-century and to the saga of another prominent business personality in Asia who fled justice, the late J.M. Rajan Pillai.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2020, with the headline 'Carlos Ghosn and memories of the Biscuit King'. Subscribe