Aktivis Swiss desak DiCaprio pulangkan wang rakyat Malaysia

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Sumber: FMT News

Oleh Raevathi Supramaniam

Bintang filem Hollywood itu berada di London untuk tayangan perdana dokumentari mengenai perubahan iklim dan turut dijemput ke sidang akhbar mengenai 1MDB anjuran Bruno Manser Fond. Gambar dari FMT News.

Bintang filem Hollywood itu berada di London untuk tayangan perdana dokumentari mengenai perubahan iklim dan turut dijemput ke sidang akhbar mengenai 1MDB anjuran Bruno Manser Fond. Gambar dari FMT News.

LONDON: Kumpulan aktivis berpangkalan di Switzerland, Bruno Manser Fond mendesak pelakon Leonardo DiCaprio memulangkan semula AS$25 juta yang diperoleh menerusi filem “Wolf of Wall Street” kepada rakyat Malaysia.

Kumpulan itu turut mendesak DiCaprio menarik diri sebagai duta keamanan Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu untuk perubahan iklim.

“DiCaprio kurang layak untuk peranan seperti itu,” kata pengarah eksekutif kumpulan itu, Lukas Straumann yang mendakwa DiCaprio dan yayasannya menerima manfaat daripada pembabitannya dengan Jho Low dan Riza Aziz, menerusi sumbangan lebih AS$2 juta yang diterima yayasan itu.

“Dia berhutang dengan rakyat Malaysia akauntabiliti terhadap ikatan kewangannya bersama Jho Low dan Riza Aziz,” katanya.

Bruno Manser Fond dinamakan sempena aktivis Switzerland yang hilang di hutang Sarawak ketika tinggal bersama puak Penan dan aktif memperjuangkan isu membabitkan hutan hujan Sarawak dan hak masyarakat Orang Asli.

Sidang akhbar di London itu turut dihadiri wakil C4, Sudhagaran Stanley dan Pengarah Sarawak Report, Clare Rewcastle.

DiCaprio berada di London untuk tayangan perdana dokumentari perubahan iklim bertajuk “Before the Flood”.

Beliau dijemput ke sidang akhbar itu tetapi penganjur nampaknya tidak menganggap beliau akan datang, secara simboliknya meletakkan gambarnya di kerusi kosong.

Gambar dari FMT News

Gambar dari FMT News

 

Bercakap kepada wartawan, Rewcastle Brown berkata DiCaprio seorang hipokrit, dan semua yang terbabit dalam menyeleweng dana daripada 1MDB, seperti didakwa dalam saman Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ), patut dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

“Dia boleh berparti dan naik kapal mewah dengan rakan-rakan yang licik, dan kemudiannya menggelar dirinya pejuang ekologi, menggunakan wang yang diperoleh itu kepada projek alam sekitar dan membuka laluan ke Oscar,” katanya.

Sudhagaran merayu kepada masyarakat antarabangsa terus memberi tekanan untuk mendakwa mereka yang terbabit dalam kontroversi 1MDB.

“Kami mahu semua pemain utama didakwa, dan wang yang diselewengkan daripada 1MDB dipulangkan kepada rakyat Malaysia,” katanya.

Pada 20 Julai, DoJ dalam tuntutan samannya menuntut untuk menyita aset bernilai kira-kira AS$1 bilion dengan lebih AS$3.5 bilion lagi yang diambil daripada 1MDB.

Aset itu termasuk beberapa rumah agam Beverly Hills, hotel, penthouse di New York, jet peribadi, beberapa lukisan dan aset lain.

DoJ juga memohon untuk menyita pendapatan “Wolf of Wall Street” pada masa akan datang, filem terbitan Red Granite Pictures milik Riza Aziz, anak tiri Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Filem itu dilaporkan memperoleh AS$390 juta di box office dan terus menerima royalti daripada syarikat televisyen dan sumber lain.

Bulan lalu, BMF mendesak DiCaprio dan Yayasan Leonardo DiCaprio mendedahkan hubungan kewangan mereka dengan 1MDB.

Kumpulan itu menulis kepada bank Switzerland Julius Baer, bank utama yang berkait dengan yayasan itu, bertanya mengenai penerimaan sumbangan daripada “orang yang terdedah dengan politik” di Malaysia.


Swiss fund wants ‘hypocrite’ DiCaprio to return US$25m
Source: FMT New

by Raevathi Supramaniam in London

LONDON: Swiss-based activist group Bruno Manser Fund has urged actor Leonardo DiCaprio to return to the Malaysian people his earnings of about US$25 million from the movie “Wolf of Wall Street”.

The fund also urged DiCaprio to stand down as the United Nations Messenger of Peace for climate change.

“DiCaprio lacks the credibility for such a public role,” said the fund’s executive director, Lukas Straumann, who alleged that DiCaprio and his foundation had benefited from his involvement with Jho Low and Riza Aziz, with over US$2 million in donations received by his foundation.

“He owes the Malaysian people accountability on his financial ties to Jho Low and Riza Aziz,” Straumann said.

The Bruno Manser Fund is named after a Swiss activist who went missing in the Sarawak jungles while living with the Penan tribe and has been active on issues concerning the Sarawak rainforest and native rights.

The London press conference was also attended by Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism representative Sudhagaran Stanley, and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle.

DiCaprio was in London for the premiere of his climate change documentary “Before the Flood”. He was invited to the press conference, but organisers seemed to have no illusions about him turning up, symbolically kept an empty chair bearing his portrait.

Speaking to reporters, Rewcastle Brown said DiCaprio was a hypocrite, and that all those involved in siphoning off funds from 1MDB, as alleged in a suit by the US Department of Justice, should be brought to account.

“He can party away in the most lavish fashion on the most gas guzzling yacht with the most devious companies and walk out the next day and call himself an eco-warrior and chucks the money the company gave him on an eco-project and pave his way to an Oscar branding,” she said.

 

Sudhagaran appealed to the international community to put pressure in bringing criminal prosecution against all those involved in the 1MDB saga.

“We want the main players to be prosecuted and charged, and the money that was siphoned out of 1MDB should be returned to the Malaysian people.”

On July 20, the DoJ in its civil suits to seize some US$1 billion worth of allegedly embezzled assets said that more than US$3.5 billion had been diverted from 1MDB.

The assets include several Beverly Hills mansions, a hotel, penthouse apartments in New York, a private jet, several works of art, and other assets.

The DoJ also sought to seize the future earnings of the film “Wolf of Wall Street”, produced by Red Granite Pictures under Riza Aziz.

The film reportedly earned US$390 million at the box office, and continues to earn royalties from television and other sources.

Last month, BMF called on DiCaprio and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to disclose their full financial relationship with 1MDB. The group wrote to Swiss bank Julius Baer, the main bank linked to his foundation, to ask about acceptance of donations from “politically exposed persons” in Malaysia.