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Anwar challenges govt to probe bank accounts

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Nov 2009: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today challenged the government to investigate all his bank accounts to determine whether he had dubious sources of funds to the tune of several billion ringgit.

He said investigations had previously been conducted into his accounts, which came up with nothing.

“Instead, the government-controlled media has continued to spread lies that I have RM3 billion in my accounts, as alleged in a statutory declaration of former Bank Negara assistant governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid,” he told the Dewan Rakyat when speaking during the debate on the 2010 Supply Bill at the committee stage.

Anwar said the then Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had conducted an investigation in 1998 on Abdul Murad’s statutory declaration, but the government had closed the matter.

Abdul Murad had claimed, among other things, that Anwar, a former finance minister, had 20 accounts managed by his cronies, involving assets, shares and cash of more than RM3 billion. — Bernama

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