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Where Is Jho Low? RM100K Offer To Bring Him Back To M'sia Still Open, Says Kepong MP

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From Hong Kong to Macau and now China? Or possibly somewhere else by now?

According to media reports, the fugitive Malaysian financier was in Hong Kong and Macau recently. He apparently managed to stay one step ahead of authorities as Bloomberg reported yesterday that Low Taek Jho had left Macau either by car or private jet.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun announced on Wednesday that local police had received an email from their Macau counterparts on 9 July stating that Low was no longer in Macau.

It was also reported that Hong Kong had declined to turn him over after Singapore made a request for assistance in 2016 in conjunction with a probe into money laundering.

However, the latest report published by South China Morning Post quotes a China official refuting reports that Low had slipped into China.

“He definitely is not in mainland China, any claim that he is hiding in the mainland is irresponsible,” the source told the Hong Kong daily.

The issue could potentially become a major diplomatic drama between Malaysia and China as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is due to visit China next month and if the fugitive Low as still there, it could result in some awkward conversations among the countries' leaders.

Furthermore, Malaysia has no extradition treaty with China, DAP Kepong MP highlighted.

In a series of tweets earlier today, he addressed the added diplomatic complication if Jho Low is indeed in China.

"Malaysia does not have an an extradition treaty or Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement with China. However, an application can be made on bilateral grounds as Malaysia has diplomatic ties with Chinack ," he tweeted.

He also reminded netizens that the RM100,000 bounty on the fugitive Low's head is still on the table.

DAP's Lim Lip Eng was removed from parliament in August last year after continuing to demand answers over delayed payment by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to the International Petroleumnt Company (IPIC). Filepic: NSTDAP's Lim Lip Eng was removed from parliament in August last year after continuing to demand answers over delayed payment by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to the International Petroleumnt Company (IPIC). Filepic: NST

"The police have said they have so far informed 7 countries through the Interpol red notice on Jho Low being sought over the 1MDB scandal.

"I would also like to reiterate the RM100,000 offer to anyone who can bring Jho Low back to Malaysia. The offer is still open, and the sponsor would be most happy to reward the person who brings Jho Low back to face justice due to him," he reminded in his latest tweet.

Last month, the Kepong MP had announced that an anonymous businessman had offered the reward to anyone who can bring Low back to Malaysia.

“Recently, a businessman called me up and met me at my office to make the (RM100,000) offer.

“I hope the offer will ensure Low is tracked down and brought back to the country as soon as possible,” NST reported on his announcement at his service centre on 10 June.

- mD