The pro-Umno Rocky’s Bru says the suspended economist had "frequent, passionate and discreet" communications with several PKR leaders.
Ahirudin Attan, who runs a blog called Rocky’s Bru, said this was the reason why Anwar, his daughter and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah and PKR chief strategist Rafizi Ramli were “visibly and terribly upset” over Azrul’s suspension from the bank.
Azrul hit the limelight recently for outlining three possible post-GE scenarios at a regional forum in his capacity as Bank Islam chief economist. One of the three scenarios included Pakatan Rakyat winning the next general election.
Bank Islam sought to distance itself from its chief economist after the news broke out, and shortly afterwards suspended his service indefinitely, citing breach of internal policy.
PKR has questioned the propriety of the suspension.
“If you are wondering why Anwar Ibrahim, his daughter Nurul Izzah, and PKR chief strategist Rafizi Ramli are visibly and terribly upset over the suspension of Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin – to the point of calling for a boycott of Bank Islam – it’s because they have a lot to lose. And I mean a lot,” Ahiruddin said in his latest posting.
“In their tweets… the trio may not have admitted to knowing Azrul. Very soon, however, they will have to own up to the fact that they not only know the Bank Islam chief economist but know him intimately.”
He claimed that Azrul was fondly known as “Wawa” by the three and that he was not a “regular bank employee they are making him out to be”.
“Wawa and the PKR leaders communicate frequently, passionately and discreetly. Anwar, Nurul Izzah and Rafizi will admit that they have been in regular contact with the Bank Islam chief economist for quite a while. They have been using him over and over and over again.
“Wawa has been their insider, their fly on the wall at highly classified internal meetings and meetings with Bank Negara, and the spy who has been leaking to his handlers, including to Anwar Ibrahim directly, confidential information of the Bafia (Banking and Financial Institutions Act) kind, from board papers to correspondence between the central bank.”
He said the bank acted against Azrul because as a bank officer he had contravened the law.
“And this was not his first offence.
“Wawa was suspended pending a domestic inquiry. The investigation, however, has brought to surface affairs and conduct more sinister than just political over-zealousness.
“Dozens of e-mail correspondence between Wawa and Anwar, Nurul Izzah and Rafizi show a serious security breach in the bank, something which wlll spook the secretive banking industry. The actual content of those e-mails has not been made known to the public but it will.
“What is certain, Wawa could not have the best interest of Bank Islam at heart. The next 24 hours should be hot.”
When contacted, Rafizi denied receiving any confidential information from Azrul.
“It’s a wild allegation, I didn’t receive any confidential document ever from him that fits the allegation.
“Whatever Azrul ever discussed with us relates to his personal opinion as an economist on economic issues that we were working on,” he said.
Attempts to contact Nurul and Azrul for comment have been unsuccessful.