Frankly Speaking: Do a deal with Jho Low? Are you serious, TMI?

This article first appeared in The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on June 25, 2018 - July 01, 2018.
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The Malaysian Insight news portal, in a commentary on June 15, suggested that the government may have no choice but to do a deal with Jho Low.  TMI claimed that the fugitive from Penang, recognised as the mastermind of the world’s biggest case of kleptocracy, has reached out to investigators.

“By all accounts, discussions between 1MDB investigators and Malaysia’s most wanted man, Low Taek Jho, have begun,”  TMI said confidently, although investigators have not confirmed it.

The portal said the fact that investigators have started talking to Low suggests that:

1)     There could be gaps in the case they are building against Datuk Seri Najib Razak; and

2)     They believe he can help them identify and repatriate funds and assets bought with money embezzled from 1MDB.

TMI went on to ask whether Malaysian investigators “can make the case against Najib Razak and recover the loot” without help from Jho Low.  Why is TMI making the case for the fugitive, as if it was his spokesperson?

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