PETALING JAYA: Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho has dismissed a controversial report by the Wall Street Journal linking China to 1MDB as merely a continuation of the trial by media led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“The Wall Street Journal’s latest story is simply a continuation of the Mahathir regime’s trial by media," he said.
“The article is a selection of half-truths, mixed in with fiction, to create a misleading and oversimplified narrative that has been peddled by a morally bankrupt Mahathir regime to advance its failing political cause,” he added.
Low said this through a statement by his spokesman, co-CEO of Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs, Benjamin Haslem, which was issued on Tuesday (Jan 8).
Low was referring to a report by Wall Street Journal, which claimed that China agreed to bail out the scandal-ridden 1MBD fund in return for profitable infrastructure deals such as the East Coast Rail Link and the Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline under China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.
Low also said it was unfortunate that baseless political claims were being passed off as legitimate reporting.
“Extraordinary and serious claims require extraordinary evidence, and the Mahathir regime has failed to provide any legitimate evidence to support these politically motivated accusations.
“It is the journalistic responsibility of the Wall Street Journal to have approached such claims with scepticism and suspicion, and it is unfortunate that these baseless political accusations are passed off as legitimate reporting.”