Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was willing to cooperate with the newly-formed task force to investigate Bank Negara’s losses at the foreign exchange market in the 1990s.
This was on condition that authorities apply the same level of scrutiny on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s handling of the 1MDB controversy, he said.
“The police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can come to meet me. I can answer. They can ask.
“(They) can even charge me in court. But charge Najib as well,” he said when met at a PKR function in Bandar Tun Razak today.
Mahathir, in welcoming the probe, said that there were more pressing matters at hand due to wrongdoings by the current administration, such as the RM2.6 billion “donation” received by Najib.
“They want to think about something which happened decades ago but ignores what is happening right in front of our eyes,” said Mahathir.
Of late, Umno leaders have resurrected the controversy surrounding Bank Negara’s RM30 billion losses incurred following disastrous speculating activities on the forex market during the early 1990s.
Mahathir was prime minister at the time. No one was brought to book over the incident.
According to Putrajaya, the task force would be made up of representatives from various government agencies, including “highly respected” individuals who are experts in certain fields.
The task force’s scope is to make recommendations and suggestions, for cabinet’s consideration, which may include setting up a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Putrajaya said that the establishment of the task force reflected the government’s commitment and transparency to ensure Bank Negara’s dealings at the time followed guidelines on good governance.
Source : Alyaa Alhadjri @ Malaysiakini