Kepong MP asks if authorities investigating Leissner’s claims at Roger Ng’s trial

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Allegations of an ex-BNM governor’s husband receiving a bribe and a former Astro CEO receiving a RM42 million London home.

A lawmaker here wants to know if authorities here will investigate allegations made by former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner during the trial of former Goldman banker Roger Ng over corruption involving 1MDB in the US.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said enforcement agencies should have immediately investigated Leissner’s allegations based on his testimony in court.

“Why have there not been any arrests despite the authorities being aware of Leissner’s testimony?

“How much longer do the people have to wait?” the DAP lawmaker asked in a statement on Thursday (Feb 24).

Lim was referring to the revelation by Leissner that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) approved an “overnight” foreign exchange transfer of US$1 billion (RM4.2 billion) from 1MDB to PetroSaudi International after the husband of a former BNM governor had allegedly received a bribe to “make it happen”.

The star witness in the trial also alleged that a former CEO of a public-listed company in Malaysia, with whom he had a relationship, had threatened to expose his involvement in the 1MDB scandal and he had bought her a US$10 million (RM42 million) home in London.

“1MDB has been described as one of the biggest financial scandals in history,” Lim said.

“I would like to ask the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the Inspector-General of Police, Bank Negara, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Inland Revenue Board if any investigations are being carried out on Leissner’s two allegations.”

Leissner is testifying in the corruption trial against Ng, the former Goldman head of investment banking in Malaysia.

Both men were said to have helped divert billions from 1MDB which was used to bribe politicians and others in the scandal. – The Star