Friday, July 6, 2018

Jho Low Can Run But He Can't Hide

Low Taek Jho (or Jho Low, as he is more familiarly known), the financier at the center of Malaysia’s 1MDB mega-scandal, may find his days of hobnobbing with celebrities and splurging on property and art are numbered as the Mahathir government pledges to bring him to justice. 

Still, Jho Low is on the move. 

And he is enjoying life to the hilt and why not? He has heaps and heaps of 1MDB money! 

MACC said he has been on the run for three years – but he has not only proven to be elusive but we are no closer to nabbing him. 

WSJ revealed that Low had thrown a party with celebrity friends in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau in February. 

The Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau had reported in May that Low was “hiding” in Taiwan. 

He was also said to be on the Thai resort island of Phuket in May – and supposedly waiting for confirmation that his bosom buddy, Najib Razak wins GE14. 

Najib’s victory didn’t materialize and the WSJ said Low promptly left Thailand and has "struck a more careful posture" since that fateful May 09. 

The Star reported on June 07 that Malaysian authorities had issued an arrest warrant for him. As far as I know, he hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing – so it isn’t clear what suspicions underpin the said warrant. 

WSJ had filed a report on June 14 saying Low had offered to meet the 1MDB task force in Dubai, UAE – but PM Mahathir Mohamad rejected it outright. 

In the meantime, Immigration cancelled Low’s Malaysian passport that took effect from June 15. 

Then on Thursday, IGP Mohamad Fuzi Harun claimed that Low had given Malaysian police the slip in Hong Kong – and he is now in Macau. 

I don’t understand why the police didn’t pursue him there – it sure looks like a half-hearted attempt. 

Maybe, I watched too many James Bond movies, that’s why! 

But like every Malaysian, I persist in being optimistic. 

It doesn't matter whether Low is in Taiwan or Macau or Hong Kong or Phuket or Dubai or wherever he may decide to go to. 

It’s only a matter of time before the long arm of the law catches up with him.

I hope. I am hopeful. 

Indeed, time is running out for Jho Low. 

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