TOO LONG; DID READ

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“What has hap­pened in the (1MDB) saga will teach us a lot of les­sons not just for Malaysia but the world… Les­sons about hold­ing on to peo­ple’s trust…

(and that) you must govern well, don’t al­low the com­pass of gov­er­nance to go astray. It is so im­por­tant that what we read in the book and other things that we know about taught (us) a les­son not about lead­ers but about lead­er­ship. I hope that there are films to be made to show what lead­er­ship means. Some peo­ple think that (by) be­ing there is be­ing a leader. But no. It is about what you do when you have that re­spon­si­bil­ity in that po­si­tion – that is what lead­er­ship is all about (and) that is the hard­est thing to get in the world to­day… I hope that when you read this book, the ma­jor les­son is that it is a very chal­leng­ing world, gov­er­nance by any­body in the au­thor­i­ties and those who make up the lead­er­ship in gov­ern­ment will ac­tu­ally show true lead­er­ship”

TAN SRI RAFI­DAH AZIZ, FOR­MER IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TRADE AND IN­DUS­TRY MIN­IS­TER

“Like most Malaysians, I had heard of the sup­posed go­ing­son at 1MDB. Through the years there were ru­mours, spec­u­la­tion and gos­sip. This book lays out in sim­ple terms what hap­pened and it pissed me off read­ing it! I stayed up three nights in a row (de­spite busy work sched­ules) and had to reg­u­larly med­i­cate my­self with whisky and cigars just be­cause of the fic­tion-like im­pos­si­ble spend­ing by the main char­ac­ters. And to add in­sult to in­jury, they didn’t re­ally feel the need to do what the fund was meant to do: un­til af­ter they blew through US$3 bil­lion! ‘In the first two stages of the heist, Low had sim­ply taken about US$3 bil­lion – and spent wildly. Now, he was aim­ing to build a real busi­ness, with ac­tual prof­its.’ In­sane! I have of­fered to pay for Jho Low to fly back to Malaysia, al­beit in econ­omy class. I hope he takes me up on my of­fer!”

MICHAEL CHAN, CEO OF MYTV BROAD­CAST­ING

“(It’s) so riv­et­ing, I fin­ished Bil­lion Dol­larWhale in a day. This book bril­liantly breaks down, dis­sects and ex­plains an ex­tremely com­plex fi­nan­cial de­ceit in a rhyth­mic and cap­ti­vat­ing fash­ion. I be­lieve, (that shall Tom Wright and Bradley Hope’s ac­count of the 1MDB saga be true), this book will be a text book must-read to those who want to un­der­stand mod­ern Malaysian his­tory. And like how a good story will have good take­aways, Bil­lion Dol­lar Whale car­ries les­sons to learn that ar­eas mon­u­men­tal as its name sug­gests. But if I had to choose one main thought it left me with — all that glit­ters is re­ally not gold” DIANI

LEE, AU­THOR OF AT OZ, MY GRAND PA AND ME.

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