KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Primary Industries Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin questioned today Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s motive in offering to use his China ties to secure the return of fugitive financier Low Taek Jho.
The Hang Tuah Jaya MP noted that with Umno leaders either being investigated for or charged with corruption, it was important to establish if the former defence minister’s offer was a form of quid pro quo.
“We know that many Umno leaders are facing the court for alleged corruption and misappropriation offences.
“We don’t want there to be a perception that such offers are being used to free them from their ties with the previous ruling government,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, today.
Shamsul said the federal government has its relevant ministry that can take up the task and does not see the necessity for Hishammuddin to propose his help.
He said bilateral ties between Malaysia and China are good and that the ruling government is capable of coordinating and sending its own team to the republic.
“We need to look into the rationale behind the offer. If it is to help the country in tracking down Jho Low, I don’t think it would be a problem but there should be coordination with the relevant minister.
“But if this touches on the ties between Malaysia and China, then it is not something simple we have the relevant ministry to deal with the matter,” Shamsul said.
Yesterday, Hishammuddin offered to leverage on his relationships in China to extradite the fugitive Penang-born to face justice in Malaysia.