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After Jho Low, now Ananda - Amanah Youth rues 'selective' investigations
Published:  Aug 3, 2016 1:30 PM
Updated: 7:55 AM

Amanah Youth laments that after their apparent inability to find high-flying 1MDB-linked controversial financier Jho Low, Malaysian authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to yet another well connected individual, over foreign probes into alleged money laundering.

It points out that there seem to be no follow-up local action despite the arrest warrant applied by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against reclusive local telecommunications magnate Ananda Krishnan, for alleged money laundering.

"What is certain, the police chief from the beginning, issued a statement that the Malaysian cops have no reason to pick up the reclusive billionaire.

"Isn't it strange, just like 'Malaysian Official 1' that the police chief cannot help but know who that person is, but seems to shy away from follow-up action.

"We would have to ask, if there is selectiveness in the investigation of mega scale crimes like these?" Amanah Youth chief Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin asked in a statement today.

He wondered if the CBI's warrant issued in Ananda's name will be BN's new nightmare, mere weeks after the United States Department of Justice filed to seize assets allegedly bought with stolen 1MDB monies.

Shazni Munir also noted that Ananda, known for being close to BN leaders, had loaned money to 1MDB last year when it was facing non-repayment of its debts.

"We do not know if 'Malaysian Official 2' or 'Malaysian Official 3' will surface in this version of the story," he mocked.

He sniped that unlike cases involving public demonstrations where police officers can themselves lodge a report to allow arrests of suspects, no one seems concerned with lodging police reports against the magnate, despite an open foreign warrant in his name.

"As long as there exist selective investigations, the rakyat will continue to be victimised, day after day," the Amanah Youth leader lamented.

Shazni Munir opined that it was of no use to talk about the billions of public funds that disappeared if Malaysian law enforcement continue to turn a blind eye to people like Ananda, Jho Low and 'Malaysian Official 1".

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar had said Malaysian police would not act on the Indian arrest warrants issued against Ananda.

“No, we do not have any agreement with India that we can execute their warrant of arrest. No, we cannot do that (arrest),” Khalid was quoted as saying.

Indian newspaper The New Indian Express reported that CBI had applied for arrest warrants against Ananda and another person alleged to have been involved in the Aircel-Maxis case, involving India’s former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran.

Previously, authorities have been unable to secure a meeting with Jho Low, despite his alleged involvement in ongoing investigations against 1MDB.