Top cop offers police protection if Jho Low returns to Malaysia

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador today promised that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, would be given police protection if he returns to Malaysia where he is wanted in connection with allegations that he stole billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB.

“The police are willing to offer protection to Jho Low and five or six others (linked to 1MDB),” he said, dismissing claims by the businessman that he may be abused by the authorities if he returns to the country.

“If they feel they are innocent, they can hire the best lawyers to fight their case,” he told reporters after attending the Op Selamat event in conjunction with Hari Raya at Menara TM here.

He also asked Jho Low not to release statements from overseas but to return to face justice.

He said the police are aware of Jho Low’s latest location as well as that of several men who are with him.

“I appeal to them to come. There is no way they can hide,” he said, adding that his priority is to close the case as soon as possible so that the country can move forward.

“Don’t waste our time,” he added. “They can’t run forever.”

He said the police are receiving assistance from foreign intelligence and enforcement agencies in the matter of Jho Low’s whereabouts.

“Just be patient. We will bring them back.”

Reject bribes, police officers warned

On a separate matter, Hamid said officers who reject bribes could be promoted or given recommendation letters, depending on the case.

He added that he is serious about eradicating corruption in his force.

He also urged his officers not to continue ties with those behind illegal gambling dens.

“I have told my officers that as long as they are not in handcuffs yet, stop their activities and come back to the right path,” he said.

Owners of illegal gambling dens should also cease their activities and do something else, he added.

“Our country is so rich in natural resources. Why not do some legitimate business?”