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PKR exposes dirt on ex-central banker

 | June 27, 2012

Its strategic director Rafizi Ramli says his 'personal investigation' reveals that the former Bank Negara assistant governor has a corrupt track record.

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PETALING JAYA: PKR today disclosed alleged wrongdoings of former central banker Murad Khalid in a move to bring his claim that Anwar Ibrahim has RM3 billion stashed in a personal “master account” into disrepute.

Party strategic director Rafizi Ramli told a press conference here that his “personal investigation” found the former Bank Negara assistant governor too has a corrupt track record.

Murad, now retired, was said to have received “incentives” in the form of golf club membership when he was with the central bank in 1991 and had his house insurance worth RM3.1 million paid for by a third party.

He was also accused of profiting from 15 units of Pelangi Indah Condominiums through Kenworth Sdn Bhd, a company said to be closely linked to him.

“If his own track record is marred by allegations of corruption and abuse of power, this creates doubts over his statutory declaration [against Anwar],” Rafizi said.

The SD, stating that the PKR de facto chief controlled over 20 master accounts involving assets, shares and cash valued in excess of RM3 billion, was penned by Murad during the political upheaval in the late 1990s following Anwar’s sacking as deputy prime minister.

Anwar, denying the allegation, said he would give full cooperation and asked for an open probe including checking the accounts belonging to both him and his family.

Government-linked media had used the issue to launch an all-out assault on the opposition leader as national polls loom.

Rafizi said he was initially against revealing the “dirt” on Murad because “what is in the past should be in the past”.

He said it was time for defamatory politics to end but the attacks against Anwar had forced the party to react.

More dirt

He pointed out that the SD could have been made under political pressure to be used against Anwar in light of Murad’s alleged own misconduct.

“I advise him [Murad] to return to the right path and correct the situation by being honest,” he said.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, who was also present, said Murad had himself admitted to Anwar in a meeting in Munich, Germany, in 2004 that the SD was made under duress. Anwar was there for health reasons.

“His [Murad's] silence is not helping. He should speak out and clarify,” said Rafizi, the Machang MP.

Rafizi had stated in an earlier statement that the exposé was done only as a retaliation and that PKR is against mudslinging politics.

Rafizi threatened to reveal more dirt about Murad and several top Umno leaders by exposing a letter handwritten by the former himself detailing the corrupt practices of the ruling party’s top echelons.

The letter was purportedly addressed to then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.


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