PUTRAJAYA: Former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz has denied Najib Razak’s claims that she did not take any action despite being aware of the RM2.6 billion in his bank account prior to the 13th general election (GE13).
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said he met Zeti at the ministry’s Hari Raya function where she told him that the former prime minister’s claims were not true.
“Zeti told me that she was upset and that the claims made by Najib were completely false, baseless and untrue.
“She should consult her lawyers, it is her right. She will know what to do. Let us wait for her decision,” Lim said at the Customs Department’s Hari Raya function today.
Najib was recently reported as saying that Zeti had not raised any red flags despite knowing about the RM2.6 billion in his bank account prior to GE13.
He said if Bank Negara knew about the funds and had doubts over their source, he would expect them to have told him.
However, he said that did not happen and he had assumed that everything was fine.
Lim said the finance ministry had every confidence in Zeti’s integrity and credibility.
“We should always let due process take its course.
“If you want to compare, between Najib and Zeti, who would you believe?” he asked.
Reports by The Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report in 2015 claimed that US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) from state investment fund 1MDB was transferred to Najib’s account prior to GE13.
However, Najib insisted that the RM2.6 billion was a donation from the Saudi royal family.
He also maintained that RM2.5 billion (US$620 million) of the total amount had been returned to the donor after GE13.