Lim Kit Siang posted on his blog that he was shocked to read of the excuse given by the IGP about the police problem of complying with Interpol protocol to put Jho Low on the Interpol Red Notice List.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said Interpol has its own protocol in deciding whether to make the names on its wanted list public. He was responding to a news report that the names of several Malaysians – including former police officer Sirul Azhar Umar, white collar criminal Michael Soosai and car theft syndicate mastermind Robin Hai – are still on the list, but not those of Jho Low and his father.
The IGP added that Interpol has the discretion to decide whether to only release these names to relevant authorities.
He said: “A request to have any individual listed on the Red Notice list depends on the Interpol’s protocol, which takes time as it has to undergo a thorough process which has been outlined by the international agency.
“Based on the same protocol, Interpol will decide whether the names on the list will be published to the public or only made known to related authorities.”
Lim said Fuzi should stop his wishy-washy statements and declare whether Low is on the Interpol wanted list, and if not, why not.
He also called on the IGP to step down if he cannot comply with Interpol protocol to put Low on the Interpol Red Notice List.
Last month, the Putrajaya Sessions Court issued an arrest warrant against Jho Low and his father Larry Low Hock Peng to enable both to be repatriated and face money-laundering charges in relation to 1MDB.
Lim said Low is today the most famous Malaysian in the world – even more famous than Najib, who he said “transformed Malaysia into a global kleptocracy”, or even Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has become the world’s oldest Prime Minister at the age of 93.
“In such circumstances, it is a terrible reflection on the competence, efficiency and professionalism of the Royal Malaysian Police that the world’s most wanted Malaysian is not on the Interpol Red Notice List,” Lim said.
He added that it is not as if the 1MDB scandal happened only yesterday.
“In actual fact, what the US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions described as ‘kleptocracy at its worst’ goes far back to 2009, a few months after Najib became the sixth prime minister of Malaysia,” Lim said.