PETALING JAYA, Aug 12 – Former Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin today urged businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, to come back to Malaysia to face the authorities.
The Rembau MP said if Low was innocent, he should return to Malaysia and prove his innocence.
He said otherwise, Umno was unable to put the 1MDB issue to rest and rebuild the party.
“If you are innocent, stop hiding.
“For as long as you are on the run and the other related court cases (SRC International) remain pending, my party cannot move beyond the 1MDB issue and rebuild,” Khairy tweeted today.
Earlier, Low condemned Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the seizure of the Equanimity, a day after the prime minister visited the luxury yacht and said the government wanted to sell it off as soon as possible as its value could depreciate.
Low, in a statement sent to FMT through his spokesman, said the handover of the yacht to Malaysian authorities had brought out in the open legal repercussions for the buyer.
He again insisted that the seizure was illegal, adding that Malaysia was “putting words into the mouth” of the US authorities by saying the yacht’s arrival in Malaysia last week was after negotiations with the Americans.
The US$250 million Equanimity has been held at a cruise centre in Port Klang since its arrival in Malaysian waters on Tuesday.
It is at the centre of US investigations into state investment firm 1MDB, and linked to Low, who allegedly acquired the yacht with funds plundered from 1MDB.
Indonesian police seized the yacht at the request of the US authorities and handed it over to Malaysia after a recent visit by Mahathir to the country.
Low condemned what he called a “trial by media” by Mahathir’s administration.