JOHOR BARU: Low Taek Jho and all those said to be involved in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal should be brought to justice so as to find the best way to handle the issue which has dragged on for so long that it has led to various perceptions.
As such, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said it was critical for the government, which has said it was confident that it had proof of Low’s involvement in the scandal, to double its efforts to arrest, repatriate, question and charge him.
He said the 1MDB scandal was too often brought up in the media, including international media organisations, as well as social media.
Khaled said the various numbers, names and stories attached to 1MDB seemed to have no end.
“The Malaysian government should show that it is more serious and determined to get Jho Low (the name by which Low is more well known) and drag him to justice. The government should not at all see him only as a bit player who can be set aside for later.
“Any attempt to wait and hope that he will come forward of his own accord and explain things voluntarily will not work in this case.
“Blaming only the previous government for its failure to arrest Jho Low is, for sure, an excuse which will no longer be accepted. This is because Umno, too, wants this issue to be settled immediately so that focus can be given to more important things,” he said in a statement.
Khaled said managing the 1MDB scandal and bringing those involved to justice had also been one of the pledges Pakatan Harapan had made prior to the 14th general election so it was important that the government gave it serious attention.
He said one of the individuals whose name most often cropped up when 1MDB is mentioned was Low.
“However, despite all the reports and claims against him, Jho Low has yet to be detained by any Malaysian authority, what more brought to trial at any court. The lack of action, arrests and trial has brought to the surface many questions, speculation and manipulation.
“It opens space for the spread of stories and speculation which are not clear, inaccurate and confusing concerning not just Umno, but the current government as well. But what is more important is that it does not help us with a solution to the issue,” he said.
Khaled said bringing Low to court was important so that Malaysians would no longer be assailed by the mystery that is the 1MDB scandal as the truth would finally be revealed.
“Malaysia has much more to look at and manage, not just a scandal that seems to have no end. Secondly, we want Jho Low and everyone involved in the scandal to be brought to court and go through the proper process of justice. This is the only and best way to move forward,” he said.
Khaled said the effort to find the truth and justice in the 1MDB scandal would get the utmost cooperation of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as investigations into the issue could help clear his name.
He added that all quarters needed to work closely together, including with any foreign power investigating the scandal, in order to come up with a solution, seeing as how it was a complex issue. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd