The private jet belonging to Jho Low will be brought back to Malaysia “as soon as it can fly”.
Without committing to a time frame, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the jet needs to be serviced and deemed airworthy first before it can be flown over to Malaysia.
“Jho Low’s jet will be brought here (Malaysia) as soon as it can fly.
“It has been grounded for a long time, and planes that do not fly very often need to be serviced and checked.”
The government was reported to be making arrangements with Singaporean authorities to recover the private jet in the republic.
The Bombardier Global 5000 jet, estimated to be worth US$35 million (RM143 million), was allegedly bought by Low, using money embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
It was reported last year that the jet was impounded by authorities and grounded at Singapore’s Seletar Airport.
Last week, Low’s US$250 million (RM1.02 billion) superyacht Equanimity was returned to Malaysia after it was impounded by authorities in Indonesia.