The authorities must also probe the “Tan Sri” who is allegedly involved with the 1MDB scandal, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.
“Why don’t the authorities look for Jho Low and his dad, Larry Low (a Tan Sri)? The whole world is looking for them.
“Probe them so that they will be no allegations of double standards levelled at our authorities,” Lim told a press conference today.
The elder Low, a Penang-based businessman, was named in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) documents last year, where it was stated that his accounts were allegedly used by his son Low Taek Jho (Jho Low), to purchase assets with funds allegedly siphoned off from 1MDB.
“Why is there double standards? The 1MDB scandal involves a lot more money, billions, why not chase after him?” Lim asked.
“Why only go for small fry? Why can’t they see the elephant in front of eyes?That is BN for you. They can use whatever act they want on those they are probing but please be fair.”
Lim’s comment comes following news reports about the authorities probing several businessmen with honorific titles for tax evasion and corruption.
The suspects are reportedly two “Tan Sri” from Penang and Kedah, while a third “Datuk Seri” is from Johor.
The probe is being jointly carried out by the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the police and the Customs Department.
Business tycoon Tan Kok Ping, who holds the title Tan Sri, has denied being probed by the MACC.
Several countries, including Singapore and Switzerland, have launched investigations and charged several individuals for involvement in money laundering activities related to 1MDB.