Muhyiddin confirms Jamal hiding in Indonesia

Jamal Yunos is wanted by the Malaysian authorities in connection with several cases. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today confirmed that fugitive Umno leader Jamal Yunos is in Indonesia.

“The cooperation with the local police has been good, and we have identified his whereabouts in Indonesia.

“Our standing order is to arrest and bring him back to Malaysia,” he said at the IGP’s Hari Raya event in Bukit Aman.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jamal who absconded after being charged with three offences on May 25.

Jamal went missing from the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, where he was receiving treatment for back pain, a few hours after he was charged there before a magistrate. He pleaded not guilty to three charges and was allowed bail of RM3,000 for each alleged offence.

Among others, he was charged with causing public nuisance by smashing beer bottles in front of the Selangor state secretariat building in Shah Alam last year.

Jamal had previously asked Muhyiddin for protection after claiming that he was being targeted and harassed by certain people who “have ordered the police to target him in any way possible”.

He said this was why he did not show up at the police station as required.

He said he believed the police were being pressured by the Pakatan Harapan government and had asked Muhyiddin to guarantee that he would not be mistreated when he presented himself to the police.