Anwar said that he had no qualms about being openly investigated albeit he was cleared of corruption charges when the case surfaced in 1999. Responding to a front page article by an English daily on Tuesday, Anwar said the case was merely “recycled” to revive the issue against him.
In a press conference today, Anwar produced a statutory declaration of a retired Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) investigation director clearing him in the case.
“The case that surfaced in early 1999 was about a RM3 billion slush fund. I had then asked for an independent commission to check all my accounts and accounts of my immediate family members in the country and overseas, as well as the accounts of then premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other leaders, but there was no response from the government.
“Although I had denied the allegations, the ACA appeared at the Sungai Buloh prison and asked me to issue a detailed statement.
“They also conducted a very detailed investigation,” said Anwar after the Pakatan Rakyat’s leadership council meeting in Parliament.
It was reported that Anwar in his then capacity as finance minister, had instructed then BNM assistant governor Abdul Murad Khalid to manage the multi-million ringgit transactions. Murad was reported to have also signed a statutory declaration (SD) in 1999 claiming Anwar had amassed RM3 billion during his tenure in the cabinet.
However, former Anti-Corruption Agency investigations director Abdul Razak Idris said in a SD in 2009 that investigations were closed because no case was found against Anwar.-theSundaily
Anwar produces statutory declaration exonerating him...
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim refuted recycled graft allegations, producing a statutory declaration of a retired Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) investigation director exonerating the former in the case.
“The case surfaced in early 1999 about a RM3 billion slush fund. I then asked for an independent commission to check all my accounts and accounts of my immediate family members in the country and overseas, as well as the accounts of then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other leaders, but there was no response from the government.
"Although I had denied the allegations, the ACA appeared at the Sungai Buloh prison and asked me to issue a detailed statement.
“They also conducted a very detailed investigation,” Anwar told a press conference at the Parliament after chairing the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting.
Citing the statutory declaration Abdul Razak Idris signed on Nov 10, 2009, Anwar (left) said the ACA initiated investigation in 1999 based on Bank Negara assistant governor Abdul Murad Khalid’s statutory declaration that Anwar, during his tenure as deputy prime minister, had some 20 master accounts containing RM3 billion in assets, shares and cash.
“The investigation were conducted by a division under my supervision at the headquarters. Investigations were conducted meticulously, comprehensively and in-depth including trips overseas to Singapore and the United Kingdom.
“The investigation revealed that there is no case against Anwar Ibrahim or anyone related to the statutory declaration, therefore I ordered the investigation closed,” read out Anwar from Abdul Razak’s SD.
According to the New Straits Times (NST), a bank chief executive officer (CEO) had confessed to the ACA that Anwar instructed him to channel millions of ringgit into the accounts of individuals and companies.
In its front-page exclusive report today quoting sources, the daily said that the ACA (now the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, MACC) discovered the evidence when investigating alleged corruption and abuse of power by Anwar when he was deputy premier and finance minister.
However, the ACA could not offer the CEO as a witness because the instructions to transfer funds were largely verbal and without a paper trail, said the sources quoted in the report.
Instead, the ACA recommended that the Securities Commission pursues action against companies found to have breached the Companies Act and the Securities Commission Act. However, it is not known if this was pursued.
Reiterating the call for a public inquiry as he did when the case surfaced while he was serving his six-years prison term for corruption, Anwar said in the meantime he would consider suing the newspaper.
“But there are umpteen cases pending in court already, 12 to 15 cases. Every day they attack us and every day I must look for lawyers to fight them,” he lamented.- malaysiakini
Anwar kemuka SD, sangkal dakwaan miliki aset RM30b...
Ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengemukakan satu kenyataan bersumpah (SD) yang membebaskannya daripada dakwaan mempunyai aset dan wang tunai bernilai RM3 bilion.
Beliau mendakwa kenyataan bersumpah itu dibuat oleh oleh seorang bekas pengarah siasatan Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR, kini Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia).
Katanya, beliau meminta supaya satu suruhanjaya bebas dibentuk untuk menyiasat semua akaunnya dan akaun anggota keluarga terdekatnya, apabila kes tersebut timbul pada awal 1999.
Selain menyiasat akaun tersebut, dalam dan luar negara, beliau juga meminta supaya suruhanjaya tersebut menyiasat akaun perdana menteri pada masa itu, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan pemimpin lain.
Namun, permintaannya itu tidak mendapat maklum balas daripada kerajaan, katanya.
Katanya lagi, BPR juga muncul di penjara Sungai Buloh dan meminta beliau memberi kenyataan terperinci berhubung kes tersebut.
"Mereka menjalankan penyiasatan yang sangat terperinci," katanya dalam sidang media di bangunan Parlimen hari ini.- malaysiakini