NEW YORK: Private negotiations could be carried out between Malaysian authorities and their counterparts in the country where fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho (pic) is hiding, said the Prime Minister.
This could be done in order to bring him back, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir said some people, including Malaysians, claim to know where Low, also known as Jho Low, is hiding and what he is doing.
“If you know, tell and take some action. Please tell us exactly where and we need to negotiate with the country concerned.
“All these things are (being done) off the record, more or less,” Dr Mahathir said in a media conference at United Nations headquarters after delivering his speech at the UN general assembly on Friday (Sept 28).
He said this when asked to elaborate what he meant when he had said on Thursday that Malaysia was trying to bring back Low from China using private initiatives.
Asked whether Low was definitely in China, Dr Mahathir replied:
“We are told that he is in China, among other places. He was in Bangkok also, that we were also told.
“But he has the capacity to learn ahead about what action we might take and he disappears.”
Asked whether Low’s capacity to learn ahead what the investigators are about to do meant that there was a leak in the investigation, Dr Mahathir replied:
“Authorities are trying to arrest Jho Low but so far they have not succeeded.
“It’s not that they have not tried, but they have not succeeded.”