Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Monthly Assembly of the Home Ministry, Putrajaya today. Pix by Mohd Fadli Hamzah

PUTRAJAYA: Low Taek Jho or Jho Low is the main criminal behind the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) corruption scandal said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin said his ministry is gathering several information before it can arrest and initiate prosecution against the Penang-born businessman in connection with the 1MDB corruption scandal.

“Everybody is aware that Jho Low is the main criminal behind 1MDB which has become the world's biggest scandal but there are a few issues which need to be resolved before any follow up action can be taken," Muhyiddin said in his speech at his first ministerial assembly with staff here today.

“Some people ask me, Tan Sri why are you not taking action. I said wait, let us gather all the right information.

But I am aware that some don't want to wait and they want stern action to be taken on the individual not today but yesterday. That’s how angry the people are,” said Muhyiddin.

(File pix) Low Taek Jho or Jho Low. Pix from social media

He said he is also aware that the people are currently questioning on why there is no immediate action taken on the issue as it has been three weeks since Pakatan Harapan had been governing the country.

Muhyiddin said he wanted serious action to be taken on Jho Low under the country's penal and corruption law and any efforts to bring the individual to justice must be expedited and cannot be shelved.

“We also need to assist various parties including the 1MDB special taskforce to complete the investigation.

“We need to give full cooperation to act against the individuals involved regardless of anything,” he said.

On May 18, the Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin had asked Jho Low to return to Malaysia in assisting the investigation of the case.

Daim reportedly said, Jho Low was the most important and main individual to assist in 1MDB’s investigation.