Zeti denies receiving 1MDB funds, says claims are ‘false and malicious’
(FMT) – 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 Malaysia Today portal, run by blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin 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 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.