KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that he had never instructed the controversial businessman, Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low to be involved in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
On the contrary, he also said that he did not have control of what Jho Low did.
“I didn’t give him instructions, but he volunteered to do certain things, which he thought would help 1MDB.
“But whatever he (Jho Low) did ultimately is the responsibility of the management and board,” said the Prime Minister in an interview with Reuters.
The interview was also the first time Najib talked about Jho Low, whom the the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and investigators from Malaysia named as the key figure in the 1MDB scandal.
Najib said that he felt that Jho Low had close connections in the Middle East, particularly with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and he could be helpful in pulling in more investment to Malaysia from those places.
The former Prime Minister also did not reject the fact that Jho Low and his stepson, Riza Aziz are friends. However, he was not aware of any dealings involving 1MDB funds in Riza’s Hollywood production company which produced The Wolf of Wall Street among other movies.
When asked if Najib is still in touch with Jho Low, he said, “We have cut off communication again. I don’t know where he is.” -MalaysiaGazette