Najib denied issuing any instructions to secure May Lin’s release.
A former Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore was put into cold storage after refusing orders to pursue the release of Low Taek Jho’s sister in 2016.
According to Malaysiakini, sources claimed that former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s aide had instructed Datuk Ilango Karuppannan “to do the necessary” to secure the release of Low May Lin and her husband after the duo were detained by the Singapore police in May 2016.
May Lin is the sister of Jho Low.
Sources claimed the high commissioner also received a call from May Lin’s father over the matter.
“The High Commissioner had contacted the Singapore police, who confirmed they had May Lin in custody.
“However, they also put a request to him not to interfere as there was an ongoing investigation under the republic’s laws,” the sources were quoted as saying.
One year later, Putrajaya withdrew Ilango from the Singapore High Commission and reassigned him to the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan).
According to the sources, this was considered “cold storage” for someone of his stature in the civil service.
Ilango’s service in the Malaysian mission to Singapore lasted for one year from April 25, 2016, to April 30, 2017.
According to Wisma Putra’s website, Ilango had the second shortest stint among other Malaysian high commissioners to Singapore.
The shortest tenure was that of his successor Zulkifli Adnan, who was appointed on Oct 10, 2017, but had his service terminated after the Pakatan Harapan government came into power.
Ilango declined to speak to reporters over the matter, saying that he was unauthorised to speak the media as a civil servant.
Singapore police have also chosen not to comment on the purported arrest of May Lin and her husband.
Najib denied issuing any instructions to secure May Lin’s release. He said neither has he heard of this incident.
“There was no reason for me to protect Jho Low. As I have explained to Malaysiakini before, Jho Low represented the Arabs, not me.
“The officer (who supposedly relayed the instruction to the then Malaysian High Commissioner in Singapore) is no longer with me. He is in Wisma Putra now and part of the current government,” he reportedly said.