Rosmah denies Affin Bank funds from 1MDB

PETALING JAYA: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has issued a strong denial to allegations that RM2mil of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds were deposited into a bank account belonging to her.

Rosmah, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said in a statement via her lawyer on Friday that accusations by Sarawak Report that funds from 1MDB were channeled to her account were “serious, malicious, baseless and unsubstantiated”.

Rosmah clarified that the bank account under Affin Bank Berhad was in fact a personal account that was opened in 1984, while she was employed at Island & Peninsular Sdn Bhd.

It was a matter of convenience as her workplace was situated in the same building as Perwira Habib Bank Bhd (now Affin Bank), said the statement by Noorhajran Mohd Noor Advocates and Solicitors.

“My client has not committed any criminal offence or misappropriation of funds and strongly denies any links to the funds being from 1MDB.

“The report is deemed to be indecent, menacing, false and is intended to annoy or harass my client,” the statement said.

A special task force on the trail of 1MDB funds said it was looking into the Prime Minister’s wife’s account as one aspect of their investigations.

It said the account has been highlighted in the media, which alleged that various sums totalling RM2mil was banked into an account with Affin Bank bearing her name between Feb 10 and April 23 this year by a man identified as Roslan Sohari.

The statement called on Bank Negara to conduct an immediate probe into the leaked documents, as it contravened the Financial Services Act 2013, which provides for protection of information and secrecy of a customer.

“It is hoped that Bank Negara immediately and/or within 72 hours conduct a probe and issue its findings into the offensive unauthorised disclosure on the part of the said bank.

“It is my client’s view that the failure by Bank Negara to immediately conduct the said probe will erode the trust of investors and and consumers of financial institutions,” the statement said.

It also wants action to be taken by the Communications and Multimedia Commission over the content carried by Sarawak Report, which was intended to “discredit and defame” Rosmah as the wife of the Prime Minister.

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