Malaysian police says have not received requests for assistance from US or Indonesia in yacht probe

The Equanimity yacht was seized by Indonesian authorities on the island of Balion Feb 28, 2018, as part of the DOJ's corruption probe linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.
The Equanimity yacht was seized by Indonesian authorities on the island of Balion Feb 28, 2018, as part of the DOJ's corruption probe linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian police have not received any request for assistance from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) or Indonesian authorities over the seizure of the Equanimity yacht in Bali, police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said.

Tan Sri Fuzi said neither authority had been in touch with the Malaysian police on the matter, The Star reported.

"The DOJ and the Indonesia authorities have not contacted us (on the matter)," he told a press conference on Tuesday (March 6).

The yacht, allegedly owned by Malaysian financier Jho Low, was seized by Indonesian authorities on the island of Bali last Wednesday (Feb 28) as part of the DOJ's corruption probe linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.

Following the seizure, a spokesman for Low, named as a key figure in the US lawsuits, said the DOJ had stayed asset forfeiture proceedings in the case but had yet to take any steps to prove that any impropriety had occurred.

The Malaysiakini news website on Monday cited the Indonesia central police deputy director of economic and special crimes Daniel Silitonga as saying that Indonesia and the US were working together on the money laundering case and they had not made any contact with Malaysian authorities on the matter.

Malaysia's Multimedia and Communication Minister Salleh Said Keruak on Thursday (March 1) said that there was no tangible proof that the Equanimity was owned by Low, whose real name is Low Taek Jho.

1MDB is at the centre of billion-dollar money-laundering probes in at least six countries, including the US, Switzerland and Singapore.