Police will call Jho Low if needed: Zahid

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian police will call businessman Low Taek Jho and record his statement, if needed, to assist investigations into state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In a written reply to Parliament, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said: "The police will call the named person if there was a need for him to assist in police investigations."

"So far, there has not been a meeting between him and the police," he said, according to the Malay Mail Online news site yesterday.

The minister was responding to a question from an opposition MP about whether Jho Low, as he is often called, was in Malaysia, and how long he has been away from the country.

Mr Low was involved in 1MDB since the early days, in 2009, when it was called the Terengganu Investment Authority. His name has been mentioned often by opposition leaders during the ongoing 1MDB investigations, although he has denied playing any role in the firm owned by the Ministry of Finance.

Financial regulators in Singapore, Switzerland and the United States are among those looking into the alleged misappropriation of 1MDB funds. The Swiss Attorney-General's office said at least US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) is believed to have been misappropriated.

The New Straits Times reported that Mr Zahid, speaking in Parliament, said: "The police, through Bukit Aman's Commercial Crime Investigation Department, is currently investigating 1MDB... for breach of trust.

"Investigations into 1MDB also include the findings of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee report on the company."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2016, with the headline 'Police will call Jho Low if needed: Zahid'. Print Edition | Subscribe