GEORGE TOWN: Police today denied a news report that claimed fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, is in the United States.

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said it was unlikely that Jho Low could have spotted in Los Angeles, as claimed by a US entertainment portal, Page Six.

This, he said was due to strict border checks in the US.

"The security checks at the (US) borders, on land and sea are very tight... It is hard to say that Jho Low could fool the (US) authorities by sneaking into the country.

"If that happened, then it is shameful...but I am confident that such is not true," he said today after officiating the 72nd Marine Police Day, here, today.

Jho Low has been identified by investigators from Malaysia and the United States as the main character in the multi-billion ringgit 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

It was reported that at least US$4.5 billion (RM18.86 billion) was misappropriated from 1MDB by him and other high-level officials of the fund and their associates.

Abdul Hamid stressed that Jho Low was still "there", without disclosing the businessman's whereabouts.

"He is there, being given protection and we are still negotiating with the authorities involved.

"It is premature (to disclose where he is), but I think you can guess," he added.

Meanwhile, Abdul Hamid said police will call up Malay Dignity Congress chief executive secretary Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Zainal Kling to record his statement over his speech during the congress recently.

He was alleged to have made statements that could incite racial tension during the congress.

"We will do it the soonest," he added.

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Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said it was unlikely that Jho Low could have spotted in Los Angeles, as claimed by a US entertainment portal, Page Six.NSTP/SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL