Jho Low tried to discuss 1MDB with me, says Daim

Ahmad Suhael Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Daim Zainuddin has revealed how fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho had tried to get in touch with him several times over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Daim said Low - better known as Jho Low - had tried to contact him after he urged the latter to return to Malaysia if he had done nothing wrong.

Low had even offered to help in the 1MDB case when Daim visited China in June, but the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman said he refused to entertain the man who is alleged to be the kingpin in the whole scandal.

“I said in my first media conference after I was elected as the CEP chairman that Jho Low should return to Malaysia if he was not involved in the 1MDB scandal.

“The same night he phoned me. When (Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanted to send me to China, Low also tried to get in touch with me but I refused to entertain him.

“Whenever he called I asked my aides to talk to him. Jho Low said he could help (in the 1MDB scandal),” Daim said.

Daim said it was clear that Low was behind the 1MDB scandal and he was responsible for bringing in all the strategic investment companies from Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland.

“The whole world knows about this. We have also seen it over CNN, BBC, and even in China it made headlines. In Africa too.

“Only in Malaysia we don’t know...the issue could not even be raised in parliament.

“There was no sincerity or transparency.. .however, in the end everyone has come to know about it. There is no use in lying,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd