KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be investigated for possible wrongdoing in his handling of Bank Negara Malaysia’s foreign exchange scandal before the Cabinet in the 1990s, said a royal panel that reviewed the matter.
In its report tabled in Parliament today, the Royal Commission of Inquiry said this was necessary as he had concealed facts about the central bank’s losses then, and suggested that investigators apply Sections 417 and 418 of the Penal Code that pertain to cheating.
“We cannot avoid the glaring fact that (Anwar), as the finance minister, was responsible for misleading (deceiving) the Cabinet and Parliament on the actual forex losses faced by the BNM,” the commission said.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of sodomy in 2015.
During the RCI hearings, Anwar strongly denied claims by the panel that his actions were “misleading” the Cabinet.
Anwar had argued that he could not contradict an account that has been signed off by the Auditor-General after discussions with Bank Negara Malaysia.
Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah said he and Anwar’s other lawyers would meet their client and find out the latter’s response to the RCI findings.