Call to keep an eye on Jho Low renewing passport


KUALA LUMPUR: A high alert should be placed at all high commissions and the immigration department in the event billionaire Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, applies to renew his Malaysian passport, a PKR MP suggested today.

Kelana Jaya lawmaker Wong Chen urged Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to put out the alert so that Malaysian agencies could get an opportunity to interview Low.

“We all know that Low is wanted for investigation into allegations of misappropriation at 1MDB. If he has a five-year passport, it is safe to assume that it would be due for renewal sometime this year or the next.

“The Immigration Department should take note that he (Low) is a person of interest.

“He (Zahid) should also get the immigration to liaise with MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), Bank Negara and the Public Accounts Committee so these agencies will have a golden opportunity to interview Low.”

Wong also told reporters at a press conference at the Parliament lobby that Zahid should write to the appropriate authorities in the United States to inquire whether Low is in possession of that country’s passport.

His comment came following the Home Ministry’s parliamentary written reply yesterday that Low’s citizenship had not been revoked as there was no evidence that Low is a citizen of another country.

“Based on checks by the Home Ministry, Low Taek Jho is a valid Malaysian passport holder. Until today, the ministry has not received any complaints or reports regarding a dual citizenship, nor has he made any request to renounce his Malaysian citizenship,” the Home Ministry’s written reply said.

Low had been in the spotlight over alleged links to 1MDB, a national sovereign fund whose debts were reported to amount to RM42 billion.

According to MACC, the anti-graft agency had last December recorded Low’s statement abroad on the 1MDB and the political funding of RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts.