TAWAU: The authorities in the country where fugitive financier Low Taek Jho is believed to be hiding in, is refusing to cooperate with the Police.
According to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, they are reluctant to provide information and have been giving "ridiculous excuses", which includes claims that the 38-year-old Low has undergone plastic surgery and now looks like a "bear".
"Among the excuses they gave include Jho Low apparently having changed his looks by undergoing facial surgery to look like a bear.
"They say his face looks like a bear. I don't know, but apparently he has now changed his looks," Abdul Hamid said at an event in Tawau, here, today.
Abdul Hamid's comments comes after reports emerged that Low or Jho Low as he is more commonly known as, is now moving around under a Cypriot passport.
According to Cyprus based Greek-language newspaper Politis, the businessman linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal had also been a Cyprus citizen for the past four years.
The report, reproduced by the Sarawak Report blog, said Low had obtained the passport through a well-known citizenship and passport broker Henley & Partners in 2015.
The firm had previously commissioned a passport from the Caribbean island-nation of St Kitts & Nevis.
Commenting further, Abdul Hamid said police believe the wanted businessman was still at the country he is hiding in.
"Sometimes when he walks, he looks like a Tambadau (seladang). So when we look at him from behind, that is how he looks like. Do you think this excuse (given by the authorities of the country Jho Low is hiding in) is logical?" the IGP remarked.