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Interpol issue: Azmin seeks to refer Zahid to rights committee

 | October 24, 2017

The Gombak MP says he was shocked to learn about the Deputy Prime Minister's denial of what was reported about Jho Low.

azmin-ali-ahmad-zahid-hamidi-jho-low-interpol-1KUALA LUMPUR: Azmin Ali says he will have a discussion with those in Pakatan Harapan (PH) on whether to refer Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to the Rights and Privileges Committee for retracting a statement that Interpol’s assistance had been sought to locate businessman Low Taek Jho.

“I am not sure whether the Dewan Rakyat speaker will take action but I will talk to the PH MPs on the next course of action,” he told reporters at the Jalan Duta High Court here.

Azmin, who is also Selangor menteri besar, said this in response to the deputy prime minister’s office issuing a statement last night that “social media” reports had manipulated the answer given by Zahid in the Dewan Rakyat that police were seeking Interpol’s assistance to locate the businessman, also known as Jho Low.

Zahid had earlier in the day responded to Azmin’s supplementary question in the Dewan Rakyat.

“The position taken by the DPM in Parliament is crystal clear. He responded to me that police have contacted Interpol to locate Jho Low,” said Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president.

Azmin said Zahid also said he had not received the final report from Interpol yet.

“So, if you have not received the final report, how can you say that the matter is closed?” Azmin asked, adding he was shocked to learn about the denial.

Azmin said he posed a simple question to the DPM and wanted police to seek the assistance of Interpol, a normal process in the event of a crime taking place in Malaysia or abroad.

Azmin said Zahid could not shift the position made in the house during question time.

“Who else can we seek an answer from except the home minister and it was done in Parliament and not along the corridors or outside. That was the official reply from the government,” he said.

Prosecutors in Singapore have named Low as the central figure in probes linked to 1MDB, adding that he allegedly used money traceable to the state fund for his own benefit.

In court filings, the prosecutors said Low had received “huge” sums of money.

According to the filings, some US$1 billion (RM4.3 billion) that 1MDB purportedly invested in a joint venture with PetroSaudi International Ltd was diverted to a bank account beneficially owned by Low, who has disappeared from the public eye.

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