KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians woke up to an unconfirmed report yesterday that fugitive businessman Jho Low (pic) had been arrested in China.
The “news” quickly trickled down onto social media and news media but authorities here and in China say they have not been updated about the so-called arrest. However, they pledged to find out whether there is truth to it.
From Prime Minister to Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, down to Foreign Minister Datuk Saifudin Abdullah, as well as Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian, no one seems to have been informed of the so-called arrest, raising confusion as to whether the fugitive had indeed been nabbed.
The Sarawak Report, citing a “Hong Kong radio station” report, published on its site that Jho Low had been detained after fleeing Hong Kong.
The radio station, according to Sarawak Report, claimed that Jho Low has been detained pending Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to China next month.
Approached by reporters in Parliament, Dr Mahathir said Malaysia had no extradition treaty with China.
“But that doesn’t mean they cannot hand over Jho Low to us.
“I hope that he is arrested and is brought back,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby here.
However, Dr Mahathir, who is holding the Home Ministry portfolio pending the minister’s recovery from surgery, said he was unaware of the news.
“All I know is that you (reporters) are telling me that he has been arrested. For what, I don’t know,” he added.
Asked if the Malaysian authorities had updated him about Low’s whereabouts, Dr Mahathir said:
“No information but all I know is that he is jumping from place to place trying to avoid arrest.”
To a question if an exact time for his visit to China had been fixed, he said he “had not seen the date”.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Aziz Jamman also said he had yet to receive any report from the local authorities on Low’s arrest.
“I was told that the Inspector-General of Police has responded and no arrest has yet to be made so far,” he said, adding that the ministry would be contacting his counterpart in the relevant countries.
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“If there is any information on Jho Low’s whereabouts, we will release it,” he said.
When met yesterday, Mohamad Fuzi said he was unable to confirm the fact at the time.
“I cannot confirm it yet and I will have to check,” he said.
Earlier, at a press conference, the IGP said police had yet to pin- point Jho Low’s exact location.
“We don’t have complete information.
“Based on our intelligence we believe that he stays in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and China. That is the latest that we have. But we are not exactly sure of his exact location right now.
“If we have his exact location, we will narrow it down and seek help from the relevant country. It is still an ongoing process.”