Jho Low claims his mother purchased family home legitimately


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

The Low family home in Tanjung Bungah, Penang. – The Star/CHAN BOON KAI

The Low family home in Tanjung Bungah, Penang. – The Star/CHAN BOON KAI

PETALING JAYA: Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho maintains that his family home in Penang was purchased through proper means.

Low said that his mother, Goh Gaik Ewe, had enjoyed good success in investment, which led to the purchase of the bungalow in Tanjung Bungah.

"My parents worked tirelessly for many decades to provide their children with a safe, comfortable upbringing.

"There is no question that the purchase and building of this family home pre-dated the very existence of 1MDB by more than a decade," Low, also known as Jho Low, said in a signed open letter.

It is believed that this is the first letter Low signed off on over the matter and a spokesman usually issues statements through his lawyer's office in North Sydney, Australia.

Accompanying the open letter was the bungalows' Certificate of Occupation dated July 13, 2000.

Low also claimed that the seizure of the property showed that the government ignored due process to exact political reprisal.

"It is clear that the regime's intent has always been to score 'political wins' by taking aim at me through whatever means necessary, including a sustained global media campaign to paint me and my family as "guilty fugitives" to pressure us,

In March, Bukit Aman's Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Prevention division enforced a notice of seizure for the RM25mil property.

The notice, under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, was issued by the Attorney General's Chambers.

It was reported that police are also investigating Low's father Tan Sri Larry Low Hock Peng, Goh, as well as two others – Singaporean Shabnam Naraindas Daswani @ Natasha Mirpuri, 54, and Tan Kim Loong, 40.

It is also reported that two luxury New York City condominiums that Low is accused of buying with money stolen are to be sold as part of US forfeiture lawsuits targeting the properties.