Jho Low’s passport cancelled, says Immigration D-G

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department cancelled the passport of businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, on June 15.

Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali said today the cancellation was made at the request of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull over the 1MDB investigation.

“His passport has been cancelled, so any action will be taken overseas because he no longer has a Malaysian passport. If he wants to travel, action will be taken on him by the authorities there,” he told the media at the Immigration Department’s Adilfitri do here today.

The Prime Minister’s Office had earlier announced the setting up of the special 1MDB investigation taskforce to investigate, detect and confiscate assets liked to 1MDB and to prosecute individuals who had committed any criminal offence in the management of 1MDB.

Regarding Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunus, Mustafar said: “It is believed Jamal used rat routes to escape via Tanjung Balai, Indonesia, and he has been arrested in South Jakarta.

“He is now detained by the Indonesian authorities and will be sent back to Malaysia and we will prosecute him for the relevant immigration offences,” he said.

Two days ago, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin confirmed that Jamal had been arrested by Indonesian police.

The former candidate for Umno Youth chief is wanted by the police to assist in investigations into nine cases.

He absconded during the bail process conducted at Ampang Puteri Hospital on May 25, where he was seeking treatment.

Jamal was charged under Section 290 of the Penal Code for public nuisance following his protest in October last year against the Better Beer Festival 2017 by smashing beer bottles in front of the Selangor State Secretary Building in Shah Alam.