The 1MDB movies the Malaysian Government doesn’t want you to share

Jul 10, 2015 02.30PM |

by Abraham Lee

AS Malaysia reels from the Wall Street Journal report alleging transfers of US$700 million from 1MDB companies to Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s personal accounts, netizens have turned to Twitter to ridicule the new scandal PM Najib has become embroiled in. The hashtag ‘#1MDBMovies’, a reference to IMDb (the Internet Movie Database), has gone viral on social media.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has reminded Malaysians: “The public is advised to stop spreading modified pictures, unverified news or any speculation on the investigation into 1MDB through social media, including through the WhatsApp application… If found guilty, the punishment is fine of not more than RM50,000 and/or jail of not more than a year”. The warnings were met with outrage and derision.

MCMC strategic communications director Mr Syeikh Raffie Abdul Rahman has since clarified: “When was there ever a ban? There was never a ban. It was totally misinterpreted. It was just an advisory notice”.

We brave the possible weight of the Malaysian law to bring you some of the best of #1MDBMovies.

Some were more lighthearted…

Others took the opportunity to make fun of Rosmah Mansor, PM Najib’s wife, and her reputation as a spendthrift.

Some took issue with financier Low Taek Jho whose accounts have come under scrutiny as part of the probe into 1MDB.

And then there were the more loaded parodies that perhaps betray how confident Malaysians are in PM Najib’s scruples… especially since the Wolf of Wall Street ended up in prison…

Any better ideas? Tell us what parody movie you’d pay to watch.


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