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Bank Negara denies its officers leaked information to WSJ

Bank Negara denies its officers leaked information to WSJ
BNK has denied its officers had leaked confidential information to Wall Street Journal regarding the 1MDB issue.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has denied its officers were involved in the leaking of confidential information to the media.

The central bank also stressed it is not siding with any party over the matter and will not deceive the people.

“These are baseless allegations,” BNM said in a statement today adding that it will lodge a police report over the matter.

Malaysia Today had claimed that three BNM officers were currently being investigated by authorities for allegedly leaking confidential informational to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) regarding the financial scandal plaguing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who runs the portal claimed, these three officers would likely receive the same fate as former Bank Negara Assistant Governor, Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid in 1999.

Abdul Murad, together with several other officers at that time, was forced into resignation because of their involvement in laundering RM3 billion of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s money.
In the report entitled ‘The Bank Negara Scandal, Yet Again’, published on Saturday, Raja Petra said, the leak by the three officers can be interpreted as sabotaging the country which can lead to very serious repercussions on the country.

BNM said in the statement, it will investigate any unlawful acts under its jurisdiction in its bid to unveil the truth without any fear or favour.

“The Bank, as part of the Special Task Force, is committed in achieving the objective of the force,” it said.

The statement added, the central bank’s efforts has also received the full support from the Special Task Force.

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