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I handled Anwar’s RM3bil master accounts – Former Bank Negara Assistant Governor

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 19, 2012  -Former Bank Negara assistant  governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid is prepared to cooperate with the authorities over allegations that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was involved in the handling of several master accounts totalling RM3bil.

In a statement here yesterday, Abdul Murad confirmed that he made a statutory declaration in 1999 over the handling of the accounts.

“I have given the testimony asked by the authorities. And I am also prepared to give my cooperation to the authorities, if necessary,” he said in response to various queries from the press.

Abdul Murad was reported to have alleged 13 years ago that Anwar had under his control as many as 20 master accounts involving assets, shares and money worth over RM3bil.

Several groups, including non-governmental organisations, were reported to have urged Anwar to give his explanation over Abdul Murad’s allegation.

It was also reported that some 30 non-governmental bodies had lodged separate reports, urging police to probe the allegations.

The organisations included Pertubuhan Kebajikan and Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia and the Ex-Policemen’s Association.

Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said that Anwar should clarify the allegations, adding that he should do so as this had affected his credibility.

He also said Anwar’s former private secretary Anuar Shaari had also asked him to explain.

Anwar denied the accusations in October 1999. — Bernama