There is no place safer for Jho Low to hide than in Malaysia, says PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who has urged the controversial businessman to return home.
In a statement regarding the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) civil suits pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Tuan Ibrahim said Jho Low was safe in Malaysia, as the authorities here have denied any money has gone missing from the state investment fund, to which the Penang-born businessman is heavily linked.
He added that in Malaysia, no individual was suspected of having committed any wrongdoing in regard to 1MDB, resulting in there being no cases being investigated although the issue was making waves around the world.
“Furthermore, in Malaysia, those who question 1MDB are investigated and not the other way around.
“Those who guess who Malaysian Official 1 is, will be called in (by the authorities) and there is no civil suit here to seize assets even though billions have been deposited into a personal account,” he said.
Tuan Ibrahim voiced confidence that if Jho Low returned to Malaysia, he would be celebrated and feted by VIPs to discuss his next project.
He added that Jho Low would be even more relaxed and safe as the National Security Council Act was now in force.
“Come home, Jho Low. There is no need to feel shy. If you want to be jolly, then be jolly in Malaysia, at least the money will be used in the country.
Last month, the DoJ filed lawsuits, claiming that over USD3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.
The DoJ alleged the offences were committed over a four-year period and involved multiple individuals, including Malaysian officials and their associates, who conspired to fraudulently divert billions of dollars from 1MDB.
It specifically named Jho Low, Riza Aziz, Abu Dhabi government officials Khadem al-Qubaisi and Mohamed Ahmed Badawy Al-Husseiny, as well as an unnamed Malaysian official referred to only as ‘Malaysian Official 1.’