Hornbill Unleashed

July 19, 2017

King consents to formation of RCI on BNM forex losses

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

PMO-bnm-1Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the formation of a royal commission of inquiry to investigate the foreign currency transaction losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) during the 1990s, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In a statement today, the PMO said the formation of the commission was done according to the Commission of Inquiry Act 1950 (Act 119) and had taken effect from July 15, 2017.

In line with the provisions under the act, Sultan Muhammad V has also consented to the appointment of Petronas chairman Mohd Sidek Hassan as the commission’s chairman.

The commission will have the power and jurisdiction to:

– determine the authenticity of the allegation on the foreign exchange losses suffered by BNM in the 1990s and its implications to the national economy;

– determine whether BNM’s involvement in the foreign exchange activities, which caused the losses, contradicted the Central Bank Ordinance 1958 or any relevant law;

– determine whether there were elements of hidden facts and information relating to foreign exchange losses suffered by BNM and misleading statements given to the cabinet, Parliament and the public;

– recommend suitable actions to be the taken against those found to be directly and/or indirectly involved in causing the losses and hiding the facts and information on the losses; and

– recommend appropriate measures to ensure the incident will not recur.

The statement said the commission will complete its inquiry within three months from the date of its establishment and will submit its report to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V also consented to the appointment of members of the commission comprising High Court judge Kamaludin Md Said, Bursa Malaysia Berhad chief executive officer Tajuddin Atan, Special Task Force on Facilitating Business co-chairman Saw Choo Boon and member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as former partner of Ernst & Young, Pushpanathan SA Kanagarayar.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also gave his consent to the appointment of Finance Ministry investment division secretary Yusof Ismail as the commission’s secretary.

The statement said the appointment of Mohd Sidek as the commission’s chairman and Saw as its member was to ensure continuity as both of them were also in the special task force set up to probe the same incident before.

Other members of the commission were appointed based on their qualifications and experience in the fields related to the investigation, the statement added.

Source : FMT Online by Bernama



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