Tuesday, 01 Mar 2022 02:56 PM MYT
BY ASHMAN ADAM
PUTRAJAYA, March 1 ― Tan Sri Azam Baki today confirmed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is not investigating Datuk Tawfiq Ayman, the husband of former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, over allegations that he received bribes in a deal linked to the 1MDB global financial scandal.
The MACC chief explained that Tawfiq is currently being investigated by the police and that the commission was only given the task to repatriate the sovereign investment company’s funds from Singapore.
“For all things related to the 1MDB scandal, there is a task force for all agencies involved, including MACC, the police.
“Our role in this matter is just to repatriate the money linked to 1MDB in Singapore. That is MACC’s only task,” he told a news conference here this afternoon.
Tawfiq was alleged to have received bribes as part of a deal so that Malaysia’s central bank would approve an “overnight” foreign exchange transfer of US$1 billion (RM4.9 billion) from 1MDB to PetroSaudi International (PSI) that Zeti was said to have greenlit.
He has denied accepting bribes from former employees of Goldman Sachs as reported in the ongoing US corruption trial of the investment bank’s former Malaysian head Roger Ng who has been linked to the misappropriation of funds from 1MDB.
MACC announced in November last year that Singapore had repatriated to Malaysia US$15.4 million in 1MDB-linked funds that involved a company co-owned by Tawfiq.
Azam Baki: MACC not investigating Zeti’s husband
Published: Mar 1, 2022 2:00 PM Updated: 5:47 PM
The MACC is not investigating Tawfiq Ayman, the husband of former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, over his alleged link to the 1MDB scandal, said MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki.
He said this is because the graft buster was only tasked to repatriate 1MDB funds from Singapore, although he acknowledged Tawfiq (above) is being probed by the police.
“A task force involving the MACC and the police (has been set up) in the investigation into 1MDB. In Tawfiq’s case, the task given to the MACC was to repatriate the amount of (1MDB) funding from Singapore.
“The police conducted an investigation (against Tawfiq). The investigation paper, I think that is still ongoing. The police may refer the investigation paper to the Attorney-General’s Chambers once the investigation is completed,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.