Former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz tonight denied allegations that her family and her received funds from 1MDB.
“The allegations against me and my family are completely false and malicious,” she said in a statement.
Recently, the MalaysiaToday portal, run by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin claimed that some of Zeti’s family members, including her husband and sons, had received over RM100 million in funds from Jho Low, the mastermind of the 1MDB scandal.
According to the post, Zeti’s family members allegedly executed a statutory declaration (SD) in which they admitted receiving millions in Singapore bank accounts, with the money coming from a company linked to Jho Low.
Zeti, who now heads Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), said issues relating to the state investment arm have been “fully and thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities, namely BNM, PDRM and MACC”.
She added that she had also given her fullest cooperation and provided the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) with all the necessary information in relation to the official investigations concerning 1MDB and the former prime minister.
However, she said, she would not be able to make any further statements as she was a potential witness in the ongoing criminal trial of former prime minister Najib Razak.
“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.
“I wish to reiterate that my family and I have never received any sums of money from 1MDB,” Zeti said.
The question that has arisen following the stunning revelation that her family members had received money from 1MDB funds: Was she really in the dark over the RM2.6 billion wired to Najib’s personal account? Or did she know all about it?
Zeti’s husband and two sons have, in fact, admitted to knowing about the money in statutory declarations signed in March last year. The money was in the accounts of Cutting Edge Industries in Singapore and the three admitted to being the beneficial owners of the accounts. The money came from a company linked to Jho Low.
The statutory declarations reportedly have been certified to be authentic by the attesting lawyers.
Najib himself has taken to Facebook to press Zeti for answers claiming that it was Zeti who recommended him to open a bank account under his name and not Umno’s to receive “Arab donations”. He also claimed that he had asked her to monitor his account for suspicious transactions.
In July 2018, Zeti had denied Najib’s claims that she was aware of the RM2.6 billion, which Najib said was a donation from the Saudi royal family to the government, going into his personal account.
Najib has demanded an explanation from Zeti, claiming that she was the one who advised him to open a personal account to receive the money.
“How can the BNM governor not know when billions are transferred to the prime minister’s account, as every large transaction requires BNM’s approval?” Najib asked in a Facebook post.
Besides Najib, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and the National Patriot Association have all asked Zeti to explain the matter.