Malaysia might consider joining the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to charge fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, if the need arises.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, however, said the charge by the DOJ was money laundering, but Malaysia’s case against Jho Low was on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) money disappearing.
”I am sure Najib (Razak), Rosmah (Mansor), Jho Low and Reza (Aziz) know where the missing money is,” he said when asked if Malaysia will work with DOJ on Jho Low’s case.
Dr Mahathir also noted that DOJ was working and cooperating very closely with Malaysian authorities
The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters after chairing Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council meeting at Perdana Leadership Foundation.
Also present was PKR elect president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng.
The DOJ in a statement yesterday said Jho Low and Roger Ng were charged in the Federal Court in East New York for conspiring to steal millions of ringgit from 1MDB.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir said Jho Low was hiding like a rat after being tracked down by various parties including authorities in Malaysia and the United States.
In the latest development, the government confirmed that Jho Low was not in China.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was informed by the Chinese Embassy that Jho Low was not in the country, unless the businessman has been using a different name on a different passport.
“I spoke to the Chinese Embassy and they informed me that Jho Low was not in the country.
“Unless, he is using another name on a different passport.
“But based on China’s record, no individual by the name of Jho Low is in the country,” he told a news conference after attending the Budget 2019 Budget talks with the Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers at the Parliament today.