Passport of alleged 1MDB mastermind Jho Low cancelled by Malaysia

Malaysian millionaire Jho Low, whose full name is Low Taek Jho, in a file photo.
Malaysian millionaire Jho Low, whose full name is Low Taek Jho, in a file photo.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian Immigration Department has cancelled the passport of alleged 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) mastermind Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low.

Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali told The Star that the cancellation was effective from June 15.

"The cancellation was requested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)," Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said.

It turns out that June 15 was also the date that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had rejected an offer by Mr Jho Low to meet in Dubai and assist in the investigations in return for immunity from prosecution over the 1MDB scandal.

The cancellation also comes after MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull said Mr Low must return to Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri said the MACC and enforcement agencies from other countries were still hunting for Mr Low, who has been on the run for three years.