PETALING JAYA - Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, managed to evade arrest due to tip-offs from moles in the Malaysian government, says Tun Daim Zainuddin.
In an interview with Channel News Asia (CNA), the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman claimed that there were "moles within the civil service and enforcement agencies" who were feeding information to the previous administration.
According to the CNA report, Daim received a tip-off just before Hari Raya Aidilfitri that Low was at a hotel with his family.
However, Daim said, Low disappeared from the hotel within an hour.
"I was told that he spent more than US$40 million (S$55 million) on legal fees alone," Daim said.
He said Low had also requested immunity from the Malaysian government in exchange for cooperation with the government in finding assets connected to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
"I told him 'no'. If he wants to help, it is better for him to come back here first so that we can discuss the matter."
"He claims that he is innocent. If you are innocent, you should come back here. Why are you running away?" Daim was quoted as saying.