LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 10am

"Why Is Tan Sri Zeti Not Being Investigated?"

Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz.Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

While the government is actively investigating corruption surround 1MDB and leaders of the previous government, some quarters have raised the question over why certain individuals connected to the new government who have recently been suspected of being complicit in aiding past financial irregularities have not been hauled up by the authorities.

Pemantau Malaysia Baru (PMB) in a recent statement urged the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Royal Malaysian Police to investigate former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz over her involvement in the transfer of RM2.6 billion into former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal bank account.

According to a recent report by SPRM that was published in The Third Force portal,  Zeti was named as a key witness in the case because Najib agreed to transfer the US$681 million fund to his personal account after receiving her professional advice.

The report alleges that Zeti also assured Najib that the fund transfer was approved by other agencies including the MACC and Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB).

However, when this issue was raised by the new PH government, Tan Sri Zeti's name has been kept out of the limelight.

PMB has questioned Zeti’s own silence over the issue, suggesting that she should have come forward to give a sworn affidavit to the MACC and assist the investigations.Pemantau Malaysia Baru President Datuk Lokman AdamPemantau Malaysia Baru President Datuk Lokman Adam

PMB president, Datuk Lokman Adam, who was the former Finance Ministry strategic communications director has issued a statement to highlight the matter to the relevant authorities.

“What is the relation between Zeti, Mahathir, Daim and Nor Yaacob in the MAS and Forex scandals in the 80s and 90s?

“Malaysia lost more than RM40 billion but why did the PH government refused to reopen the investigation file and even ridiculed the results by Forex Royal Commission of Inquiries (RCI) by saying a RM10 billion loss can’t grow into RM30 billion.

“If the outcome of an RCI was ridiculed, then what is the purpose of the formation of an RCI for 1MDB?” Datuk Lokman queried.

In addition, PMB also wants authorities to investigate Zeti's husband Dato Tawfiq Ayman and her two children for their roles in operating Syarikat Al Zir, which was believed to use funds from the Ministry of Education (MoE) to supply malfunctioning water pump systems.

“In a second scandal involving Dato Tawfiq, he was said to have received illegal commissions to help a third-party profit greatly from a breach of confidential data from the CIMB-Southern bank.

“Zeti should speak the truth if she provided the confidential data regarding the financial standing of Southern Bank which was used by her husband to gain huge profits.

“How can we be sure that information from the Council of Elders won’t be leaked or abused?” PMB questions.

As an individual with a questionable track record, PMB is suspicious over how she managed to escape scrutiny from the MACC and who is protecting her.

Just as the new government is starting to crack down on other cases, PMB argues that pro-Pakatan leaders should also be investigated, including Zeti.

“Only then, can Malaysians know the true face of PH and their hidden agenda with the 1MDB saga,” he concludes.

-- mD