The Interpol red notice has remained the preferred method for the police in their quest to track down businessperson Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, who has been on the run since 2018.
In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (Harapan-Kepong), Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin said this method was better than offering a reward, which was suggested by the MP.
Hamzah said the red notice was “better” because it involved inter-jurisdictional cooperation and intelligence sharing.
“This method required all 195 member countries to share information about Low (above) if they have any for the purpose of extradition,” he added.
Lim, who put up an RM100,000 reward on behalf of an anonymous sponsor, had asked the home minister if the government could put up a reward of their own.
Hamzah did not answer Lim’s second question on whether the police have called in journalists Tom Wright and Bradley Hope for questioning.
Since Najib Abdul Razak’s jailing in late August, Wright and Hope have launched a crowdsourcing campaign to collect information on Low’s whereabouts.
Among others, Wright and Hope have shared evidence that Low, his family and his “entourage” may be currently sheltering in China.
In another written reply, this time to a similar question from RSN Rayer (Harapan-Jelutong), Hamzah said anyone with information on Low’s whereabouts should contact the police on 013-211 1222 (WhatsApp only) or approach any nearby police station.
“All information received will be verified before being passed to Interpol for further verification from the country involved,” he said.
Low is wanted by the US, Malaysia and Singapore in connection to the 1MDB affair. – Malaysiakini