MUAR: The Deputy Prime Minister has urged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to clarify an allegation about his ownership of 20 master accounts worth RM3bil by ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the allegation was not a small matter and that the opposition leader must be responsible about promptly explaining the matter to the people.
"The figure mentioned is big. So, it is the duty of the oposition leader to clarify it. It is true or not. If not true, answer.. The people want to know... The non-government organisations (NGOs) which are making the demands for an explanation also represent a large number of people.
"If untrue, Anwar must take action against the parties making the allegation, including the ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor," he told reporters after launching a State-level 'Love Gardeners' Programme at Dataran Sarang Buaya here on Saturday.
Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister, said Anwar's authority and integrity would be affected if he did not clarify the allegation.
Last Tuesday, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali was reported to have raised an issue on the status of investigation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the revelation of Abdul Murad, almost 13 years ago.
Ibrahim reportedly said that the exposure by the Bank Negara Assistant Governor, among others, alleged that Anwar controlled 20 master accounts involving assets, shares and money worth RM3bil, which were obtained when he was Finance Minister towards the end of the 1990s.
NGOs lodge report over allegations of accounts with RM3bil In KUANTAN, about 50 members from various non-governmental organisations (NGO) here lodged a police report on Saturday urging the authorities to investigate allegations by former Bank Negara assistant governor Datuk Abd Murad Khalid on Oct 26, 1999 that Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had 20 accounts worth RM3bil.
The NGOs included Pribumi Perkasa, Ex-Police Association (PBPM), Belia 4B all from Kuantan; Peninsular Malaysia Malay Students Coalition (GPMS), Pekida, and Berserah/Sungai Karang Welfare Body.
They made the report after holding a 30-minute peaceful demonstration at Taman Kerang near here at 10.30 am.
The demonstration was aimed at urging the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), police, Home Affairs Ministry and Inland Revenue Board to take immediate action and investigate the matter.
State Perkasa information chief Muhammad Faiz Hashim said the MACC should not be silent on the matter and ought to conduct an investigation to prevent people's loss of confidence in the Commission.
Kuantan PBPM secretary Rafaie Abdul Kadir said the authorities should act immediately to investigate the allegations to ascertain if it involved the country and people's money.
Meanwhile, GPMS state chairman Wan Embril Nizam Wan Embong said the issue would be detrimental to the country if left unresolved. - Bernama
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