PETALING JAYA: ’Tis the season to be jolly, so much so that even the 1MDB scandal is parodied with the tagline “Jholly Season”.
Apom Store, a shop selling products that showcases the quirky side of Malaysian culture, has released a line of “Jholly” Christmas gifts featuring a mascot with a resemblance to fugitive businessman Jho Low, the central figure in the 1MDB case.
Depicting a bespectacled, rotund man on the run, pictures of the items have gone viral on social media.
“This is not a political message. We just want people to find humour in a very serious issue,” Apom founder Kelvin Long said.
The campaign, he said, was aimed at getting Malaysians to laugh amidst a contentious political climate.
There are T-shirts featuring messages such as “Lari, Party, Jholly, Repeat”.
And since it will be Christmas soon, a red and white mug says “Jho! Jho! Jho! Tis the season of giving ... back”.
Another message on a mug proclaims: “Drink it like you stole it.”
There is also a Jho Low-inspired festive greeting that reads: “Wishing You A Billion Dollar Christmas!”
“Finding Jholly” is an illustrated game where readers have to spot the mascot dressed in a black-and-white striped prison garb.