DPM urges Anwar to come clean over accounts ownership claims
MUAR, June 9 — The Deputy Prime Minister today urged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to clarify an allegation on his ownership of 20 master accounts worth RM3 billion by ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the allegation was not a small matter, and, the opposition leader must be responsible in promptly explaining the matter to the people.
“The figure (RM3 billion) mentioned is big. So, it is the duty of the opposition leader to clarify it. It is true or not. If not true, answer...the people wants to know...the non-government organisations (NGO) which are making the demands for an explanation also represent a large number of people.
“If untrue, Anwar must take action against the parties making the allegation, including the ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor,” he told reporters after launching a State-level ‘Love Gardeners’ Programme at Dataran Sarang Buaya, here, today.
Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister, said Anwar’s authority and integrity would be affected if he did not clarify the allegation.
Last Tuesday, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali was reported to have raised an issue on the status of investigation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the revelation of Abdul Murad, almost 13 years ago.
Ibrahim reportedly said that the exposure by the Bank Negara Assistant Governor, among others, alleged that Anwar (picture) controlled 20 master accounts involving assets, shares and money worth RM3 billion, which were obtained when he was Finance Minister towards the end of the 1990s.
Newspapers today reported that several NGOs also urged MACC to speed up investigations in the claim as the matter was of public interest. — Bernama