KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — Bukit Aman has traced the whereabouts of fugitive Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and his family to Hong Kong, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador told reporters today in the latest update on the manhunt for Malaysia’s most wanted man after Jho Low.
Abdul Hamid said Malaysian police have contacted the authorities in Hong Kong for assistance to bring back the former chief executive of SRC International Sdn Bhd who is wanted in the ongoing court cases against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is accused of siphoning millions of ringgit in public funds.
“Nik Faisal is currently in Hong Kong, together with his wife and kids, and we have already asked Hong Kong police to trace them after providing them with information
“As part of that group, he is a main player, and yes, he is there,” he told a news conference here.
Abdul Hamid then assured the public that as long as he was IGP, the search for these wanted men would not stop or slow down.
He stressed that the search was not solely concentrated on locating Jho Low.
There were at least four or five other wanted individuals being tracked by police, he said, without revealing their identities.
“But we cannot bring them back due to specific constraints. Some go back and forth between Cambodia, Thailand, then Macau, and some Hong Kong.
“We have written to the Hong Kong police asking them to verify, and we have provided the details.
“And, we see this gang of robbers, they stay within these areas, so can you just imagine, visualise, and analyse, why is it so?
“Why are they not in Czech, Cyprus, Turkey, or in Taiwan, or Vladivostok in Russia; why is it that they are all concentrated in that particular area?” he questioned
However, he said cooperation from the Hong Kong police has been lacking.
“We have given them details and asked them to verify and check, but of late their response has always come back ‘negative, negative’,” Abdul Hamid said.
The country’s top cop said multiple requests have been made to Hong Kong’s authorities over Nik Faisal’s whereabouts, explaining the last was early this year.
“Remember that he is on (International Criminal Police Organisation’s) red notice, so it’s the responsibility of the police. So these are among the many challenges we face,” he added.