Ahmad Zahid: Bukit Aman to probe Forex RCI's findings

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  • Friday, 01 Dec 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Bukit Aman's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) will conduct investigations on the foreign exchange losses suffered by Bank Negara in the 1990s as recommended by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI), said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

The Deputy Prime Minister said the RCI had lodged a police report on Thursday (Nov 30) calling for investigations to be carried out to unearth whether criminal breach of trust, fraud and cheating had been committed with regard to the losses.

"The RCI, which does not have enforcement powers, recommended that these investigations are necessary.

"It recommended that several personalities named in the RCI report be investigated in accordance with the relevant laws," he told a press conference here Friday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, had opened the Karnival Planet Ummah Masjid Utama 2017 programme at Dataran Putra here.

Asked whether the three individuals named in the report would be summoned to give statements, Dr Ahmad Zahid just replied "as stated by the Inspector-General of Police".

Earleir Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said a special team led by Bukit Aman CCID director Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh had been formed on Thursday to investigate the case and that the individuals named would be called up to give statements if necessary.

The RCI, headed by former Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, presented the 524-page report to Parliament on Thursday.

In the report, the commission said that it believed that the then prime minister was aware of the then finance minister's actions that had caused the central bank to suffer losses amounting to RM31.5bil, and it was also of the opinion that the then finance minister had deliberately been hiding facts and information and made misleading statements to the Cabinet on the matter.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister at the time while Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the deputy prime minister and finance minister.

RCI secretary Datuk Dr Yusof Ismail lodged a police report at the Putrajaya district police headquarters on Thursday to call for police the carry out the necessary investigations. – Bernama

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