Putrajaya urged to act over Jho Low’s alleged dual citizenship

lim-lip-engPETALING JAYA: Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng wants the government to take action following the disclosure by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) that Penang-born businessman Low Taek Jho holds dual citizenship.

According to the DoJ’s third lawsuit regarding 1MDB, Low holds a Malaysian passport as well as a passport from the West Indies’ island of St Kitts and Nevis.

This was revealed in a DoJ document which mentioned a letter on a Good Star letterhead dated on or about March 19, 2010, which bore a signature “similar to the one Low used on his Malaysian and St Kitts and Nevis passports”.

According to Reuters, Low is the sole owner and beneficiary of Seychelles-registered Good Star.

Lim said this breached the Federal Constitution, which does not recognise dual nationality.

“The government either has to rebut Washington through diplomatic channels if Jho Low has only a Malaysian citizenship, or lodge a police report against him if our Federal Constitution has indeed been breached,” he said in a statement today.

“A deafening silence from the government is tantamount to the DoJ’s latest lawsuit being true. This may then lead to bigger consequences in relation to dual-citizenship issues.”

Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship as stipulated under Article 24 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

Under Article 24, the government can revoke the citizenship of anyone found to hold dual nationality.

The issue entered the limelight last month after former Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon was dismissed from the Sarawak state assembly over claims that he had once held Australian citizenship.

Sarawak’s second finance minister Wong Soon Koh had tabled the motion, saying Ting had violated the state constitution, which forbids a state assemblyman from holding dual citizenship.

The motion was carried through after 70 BN assemblymen voted in favour of it.

DAP hit out at the decision, saying Ting was no longer an Australian citizen at the time of his election. Ting himself acknowledged that he had stayed in Australia for 17 years but said he no longer held permanent resident status.

DAP has said it would sue to challenge the decision, adding that Ting’s dismissal was a matter for the Federal Court alone to decide.