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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Zeti: Allegations against me and family completely false and malicious


Former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz has denied the allegations leveled against her and her family in relation to 1MDB funds.

Calling the allegations completely false and malicious, Zeti, who is now the Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) chairperson, said that she had extended full cooperation to the authorities investigating the 1MDB scandal.

"The issues relating to 1MDB have been fully and thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities, namely BNM, the police, and the MACC.

"I have given my fullest cooperation and provided the police and MACC with all necessary information in relation to the official investigations concerning 1MDB and former prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak)," she said in a statement today.

Zeti added that she is unable to make further statements as she is a potential witness in Najib's ongoing criminal trial.

"It would therefore in my view be an interference with the ongoing trial and potentially sub judice for me to make any statements at this juncture."

She reiterated that she and her family have never received any sums of money from 1MDB.

Her statement came after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today called on her to clarify allegations against her and her family by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

Raja Petra alleged that Zeti's family benefited from profits that businessperson Low Taek Jho made by flipping a bond issued by the Terengganu Investment Authority, the predecessor of 1MDB.

Zeti was BNM governor at the time while Low, also known Jho Low, was a mastermind in the theft of 1MDB funds through an international money laundering network.

Zeti, in July 2018, maintained that she had no knowledge about the billions of ringgit in former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's bank accounts which investigators have now traced to 1MDB.

Najib, in July this year, was sentenced to 12 years jail and a RM210 million fine over the misappropriation of funds linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

He is also facing another 25 charges of money laundering and abuse of power involving RM2.28 billion of 1MDB funds. - Mkini

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