The seizure notice on the luxurious bungalow in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, owned by Jho Low’s mother, has gone missing.
A neighbour, who declined to be named, said she noticed the bill on the gate missing when she walked past the house on Monday (March 25) morning.
Last Thursday (March 21), officers from Bukit Aman’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Prevention division had enforced a notice of seizure for the property.
The notice was signed by deputy public prosecutor Syafinas Shabudin.
The three-storey mansion has a swimming pool, a wine cellar and a lift.
Said to be worth between RM15 million and RM25 million, the property appears to have been unoccupied for some time.
Meanwhile, Low has lashed out against the seizure of his family home.
In a statement issued by his spokesman through his attorneys, it stated that the action was unjustified as: “The Low family property was built and completed around 20 years ago, during Mahathir’s previous administration. This was more than a decade before 1MDB ever existed and at that time Mr Low was still a teenager.”
It was earlier reported that the entrance of the bungalow had a notice posted on the front wall addressed to Goh Gaik Ewe, Jho Low’s mother.
The notice of seizure was issued under subsection 51(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
The notice dated Jan 17 has the signature of Deputy Public Prosecutor Syafinas Shabudin.
The notice states: “It’s hereby ordered that such immovable property be seized by the investigating officer and all dealings in respect of such immovable property are prohibited. Take notice that failure to comply with this notice is an offence under the Act”.
The police are hunting Goh, 66, and her husband Low Hock Peng, also aged 66, to help in investigations into the whereabouts of Jho Low, believed to be on the run in China.
Jho Low is wanted in Malaysia, Singapore and several other countries. He has been on Interpol’s Red Notice since October 2016.