PETALING JAYA - Fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, may have assumed a new identity to evade arrest after his superyacht Equanimity was seized.
Police and immigration departments in Malaysia and Singapore assigned to track the fugitive implicated in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal believe Low could have had facial reconstruction surgery.
“We believe he may have altered his features and has assumed an alias,” said a source.
The authorities also believe that Low used special “ground butler services” available for VIPs and celebrities to help him clear immigration checkpoints.
His elusiveness, said the source, prompted authorities in both countries to request for Low’s travel details and even his latest photo, captured at immigration checkpoints, to give them a clearer image of the flamboyant playboy.
“Investigators do not have Low’s latest pictures. Most of the photographs available are believed to have been taken three or four years ago,” said the source.
The source also said that since the Equanimity was seized by the Indonesian authorities, Low was spotted in Phuket, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai.