Bank Negara Malaysia denies staff leaked info on 1MDB, lodges police report over allegations

Bank Negara Malaysia is denying reports that its employees had leaked information concerning embattled state fund 1MDB to the media.
Bank Negara Malaysia is denying reports that its employees had leaked information concerning embattled state fund 1MDB to the media. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is strongly denying allegations that its employees are involved in the leaking of information to the media, and has lodged a police report over the accusations.

"Bank Negara Malaysia strongly condemns allegations that officials of the Bank leaked information to the media," said BNM in a press statement on Sunday.

"Such allegations are without basis. In this regard, the Bank has lodged a police report. BNM remains steadfast in our quest to uncover the truth in a fair and just manner.

"In discharging its accountability, the Bank is not aligned to any faction and will not betray the trust of the public. BNM will also investigate any breaches to the laws it administers.

"The Bank, as part of the special task force, continues to remain committed towards achieving the objectives. In this endeavour, the Bank has the full support of the special task force," it added.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in a July 3 report alleged that US$700 million (S$946 million) had been channelled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank account in AmPrivate Bank before the 13th General Election.

On July 7, WSJ released nine documents allegedly detailing the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) money trail, reportedly sourced from a "Malaysian Government investigation".

The documents showed alleged bank transfers from various companies to Datuk Seri Najib's personal accounts on March 2013, December 2014 and February 2015.

On Monday, six bank accounts connected to the alleged channelling of funds were frozen by the special task force investigating the matter.

On Wednesday, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail ordered a full probe to find out who leaked bank documents relating to 1MDB to the WSJ.

On Saturday, blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin wrote that three top Bank Negara officials were being investigated for allegedly leaking the confidential information.