Jho Low contacted Mahathir's adviser last week to seek immunity: Report

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's adviser Daim Zainuddin had previously said Low attempted to contact him several times on Sept 6.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's adviser Daim Zainuddin had previously said Low attempted to contact him several times on Sept 6.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Fugitive financier Jho Low, wanted for his role in the multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), contacted the top adviser to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad last week to seek immunity, a broadcaster reported on Wednesday (Oct 31).

"He did not call me but he called an officer of mine last week," Tun Daim Zainuddin, who chairs Tun Dr Mahathir's Council of Eminent Persons, was quoted by Astro Awani as saying in an interview.

Mr Daim said Low, whose full name is Low Taek Jho, has been requesting for many things, including a meeting with him and Dr Mahathir.

According to Astro Awani, Mr Daim said he demanded that Low return to Malaysia and provide names involved in the corruption scandal.

"He kept quiet. I said, you cannot deliver so why should I talk to you?" Mr Daim said.

Mr Daim had previously said Low attempted to contact him several times on Sept 6.

The US Department of Justice has said a total of US$4.5 billion (S$6.2 billion) was stolen from 1MDB through a complex web of transactions and fraudulent shell companies. It also said Low orchestrated the theft.

The 37-year-old is now wanted in Malaysia and Singapore but has said he will not submit to any jurisdiction where his guilt has been pre-determined.