New leads on Jho Low, says Putrajaya

Jho Low is wanted in connection with investigations into 1MDB. (Bloomberg pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The home ministry has obtained information on the latest whereabouts of Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, its minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

The ministry would now seek the cooperation of the country where Low is so that he could be brought back to Malaysia, he said.

“Several days ago, I obtained information on where he is. (We are looking at) ways to get the cooperation of certain parties in the country where he is.

“It is said that he is moving from place to place in order to avoid detection,” he said.

Muhyiddin added that the ministry would not stop its efforts until Low is brought back to the country and taken to court over the 1MDB issue.

He said this when winding up the debate on the 11th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review for his ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today.

On Hishammuddin Hussein’s offer to help the government find Low, Muhyiddin said the Sembrong MP had not informed Putrajaya about the matter.

“I did not know the Yang Berhormat Sembrong is looking for Jho Low. He said he knows the Chinese leaders. He has not contacted us at Putrajaya.

“I have also asked the prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) if YB Sembrong has informed him. He said ‘no’, so it may just be his (Hishammuddin’s) thoughts,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the ministry was looking at various sources and organisations in its efforts to track down Low.

Separately, Muhyiddin said the home ministry had received feedback from the Attorney-General’s Chambers on the proposal to abolish or amend the Sedition Act 1948, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, and the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and would table them at a Cabinet meeting soon to get the government’s decision on the matter.

“The government also gives the assurance that any amendments or abolition of the laws will safeguard the basic rights of the people without any negative implications on security and public order as well as the harmony of all races in the country,” he said.

Replying to a question from Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor) on whether these acts would be abolished or amended at the current session, Muhyiddin said he was not sure about the matter because discussions with the stakeholders would take a long time.