At some point, you will get my comment on $879m in Najib's account: Ex-central bank governor Zeti

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) - Former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz on Tuesday (July 3) declined comment when asked if she knew about the RM2.6 billion (S$879.93 million) deposited in the bank account of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, which was allegedly siphoned from state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

"I m not going to comment on that now because it's a case... I cannot comment on that now. But at some point, you will get the comment," she told reporters after the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that Datuk Seri Najib claimed that Dr Zeti was aware of the funds in his bank account prior to the 13th General Election (GE13), but did not raise questions about it.

Mr Najib said if the BNM had some doubts about the source of the funds then, he expected them to inform him.

"But nothing of that sort happened. So I assumed all along that it was fine," Mr Najib was quoted as saying by the news portal.

Mr Najib has claimed that the funds were donated by a member of the Saudi royal family, and that he returned most of the money.

Earlier, asked about the details of the meeting with the management of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) on Monday, Dr Zeti said she was briefed about their respective functions, activities and areas of operation in the two-hour meeting.

"No briefing on the road map yet. We can have more briefings in the subsequent days," she said.

Dr Zeti was appointed PNB group chairman with effect from July 1, replacing Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, who retired from the post on June 30.