Jho Low keeps sending messages, says Daim

The indicted financier continues to be persistent by sending messages to help resolve issues related to 1MDB

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By TMR File

FUGITIVE businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, has been attempting to make contact with Tun Daim Zainuddin (picture), a long-time confidante of Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Daim, who was also chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons, said the indicted financier continues to be persistent by sending messages to help resolve issues related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

“He tried to contact me but I don’t talk to him directly because I don’t want to get involved in the investigation.

“Basically, he has not given up. He keeps sending messages. It is okay. We open our channels (for him to get in touch). He’s being charged now in the US and he is being charged here. The world is round. You will end up in the same place,” Daim told a media conference at the Affin Hwang Capital Conference Series 2018 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Two months ago, Daim revealed that Low had telephoned him before he left for China in July.

According to Daim, Low said he could assist on matters related to the 1MDB scandal, in which the 80-year-old responded by saying that the fugitive businessman should return to Malaysia if he is not guilty.

A worldwide search for the elusive figure prompted the government of St Kitts and Nevis to deactivate Low’s passport in June this year through the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) after a broad media and criminal database check, the St Kitts & Nevis Observer reported on Tuesday.

Low, who is wanted for conspiring to launder billions of dollars in illegal proceeds and to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials, became an economic citizen of the island state in 2011 but has never entered the country.

“Immigration records indicate that Low has never entered any port in St Kitts and Nevis. On June 8, Dr Mahathir announced that Malaysia was seeking to arrest the financier, who was believed to be residing abroad.

“PM Dr Timothy Harris’ administration took the decision, out of an abundance of caution, to deactivate Low’s St Kitts and Nevis passport through Interpol in June,” the newspaper reported.

Malaysia has applied for an Interpol Red Notice to seek assistance from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to arrest Low.

Also on the radar is former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker Roger Ng, who has been arrested and will be extradited to the US in connection with the 1MDB probe.

Bukit Aman (federal police) Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh said Ng was detained in Malaysia on Nov 1 to assist in the investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Bloomberg reported that Ng is fighting the arrest and filing an application to review the US detention and extradition order.

Low, Ng and banker Tim Leissner were indicted by the DoJ for conspiring to launder money and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to 1MDB.

Leissner has since pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money and violating anti-bribery laws, while warrants of arrest for both Low and Ng were sought.