Zeti Akhtar Aziz

This is one of the best national central bank heads in the world

The best Gabenor Bank Negara Malaysia has ever had

Not bad UMNO

In KUALA LUMPUR, FMT reported Umno Youth yesterday lodged a police report against former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz and her family over their alleged involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

Executive committee member Shahrul Nasrun Kamaruddin said it was for the authorities to open investigations and provide a detailed report on the allegations.

This comes after a blogpost claimed that members of Zeti’s family had received over RM100 million from fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, which included 1MDB funds.

Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low

“I hope the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can prioritise (this issue) and investigate all allegations in the article,” Shahrul said outside the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

Shahrul said the blogpost had also raised suspicions about three other individuals, namely Zeti’s husband Tawfiq Ayman and her two children, Alif Ayman and Abdul Aziz.

Shahrul asked why she had supposedly advised former prime minister Najib to open an account under his name, especially when it was used to receive donations from Saudi Arabia.

He also urged Zeti to clarify the issue.

Recently, MalaysiaToday, run by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, claimed that some of Zeti’s family members, including her husband and sons, had received over RM100 million in funds from fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, the mastermind of the 1MDB scandal.

According to the post, Zeti’s family members had allegedly executed a statutory declaration (SD) in which they admitted to having received the funds from Singapore bank accounts, and that it had come from a company linked to Jho Low.

First published by Malaysia Today on 30 December 2020 as below:

However, when the story broke, Zeti kept quiet and did not come forward to explain that the whole thing was her idea. Why? The why is simple. Zeti’s hands are also dirty so she kept quiet in case she also gets dragged in as one of the beneficiaries of the 1MDB money and her family’s links with Jho Low gets revealed.

Written by Raja Petra Kamarudin

Everyone knows the story of the 1MDB scandal. But what many do not know is that Zeti Akhtar Aziz and her family are also involved with Jho Low and benefited from 1MDB. And that is the reason why she kept very quiet in 2015 when the scandal first broke. Zeti could not point fingers when her own hands are dirty.

In fact, on 28th July 2015, when the 1MDB issue first became hot news, a website called came out with the story about Zeti and her family. But no one really took much notice of it because the euphoria was on Najib Tun Razak. They just wanted Najib’s head and did not care about anything else.

Zeti has not explained till today why she advised Najib to transfer the USD680 million donation from the Saudi royal family into his personal bank account and not into Umno’s bank account. The reason she gave is that if the money was transferred into Umno’s account it would complicate matters since it would involve the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

The USD680 million would need to appear in Umno’s accounts and how the money was spent would also need to be declared. And if it is declared that the money was used to finance Barisan Nasional candidates in the general election, that would be a breach of the election rules (violate the limit allowed) and the Election Commission (SPR) can disqualify every single BN candidate.

Hence Zeti advised Najib to use his personal bank account and not Umno’s bank account and avoid having to explain anything to the RoS and SPR. That would be the safest option, advised Zeti.

However, when the story broke, Zeti kept quiet and did not come forward to explain that the whole thing was her idea. Why? The why is simple. Zeti’s hands are also dirty so she kept quiet in case she also gets dragged in as one of the beneficiaries of the 1MDB money and her family’s links with Jho Low gets revealed.

An investigation revealed that Zeti and her family actually had dealings with Jho Low and had benefited from this relationship

RM25 million was seized from Zeti’s family

Another RM68 million involving Zeti’s family, which the bank said is only PART of the money

The Plot Thickens. Special branch is currently investigating Governor Zeti, Datuk Shamsiah, Datuk Shamsuddin and Abdul Rahman of Bank Negara Malaysia under section 124 of the penal code.

Section 124 of the penal code carries a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.

It is understood that in addition to the section 124 investigation, a parallel corruption investigation will also be held implicating Zeti in a deal that involves Dato’ Tawfiq Ayman and Alif Ayman.

The investigation is two-fold but will probe those involved in the direct negotiation of water pump contracts whereby the ministry of Education awarded lucrative water contracts to a company that has several directors who are related to the Tan Sri Dr Zeti.

It is understood that in addition to the section 124 investigation, a parallel corruption investigation will also be held implicating Zeti in a deal that involves Dato’ Tawfiq Ayman and Alif Ayman.

A major client of the Zeti linked company is the education ministry.

The investigation underway will probe the mishandling of Government funds and abuse of the tender process.

It is important to note that there is a financial commitment involved in the water treatment work. This is not a Not for Profit.

Dato Tawfiq Ayman is the husband of Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz who is the acting Governor of Bank Negara.

Dato Tawfiq Ayman is also under a renewed spotlight for illicit commissions received in a CIMB-Southern Bank deal where by third parties profited from stock due to the illicit handling of confidential information. There is a renewed interest in the investigation of this following the introduction of new evidence.

By virtue of the close relationship between husband and wife, Ayman has access to confidential information that has been used for his benefit in his business dealings.

In order for a bank to be sold and bought over it has to be approved by Bank Negara and the Securities Commission. What this means is that confidential information would be made available to Zeti due to her position. In the case of CIMB–Southern bank, Zeti’s husband Dato Tawfiq Ayman was a broker for the deal and was paid a handsome commission.

The finalised deal was valued at just over USD1.8 million with many analysts valuing the deal at 1.92 of book value. Whilst this is not extraordinary in it’s own sense, what is troubling is the involvement of Zeti’s husband in the deal.

1. How is possible for millions and even billions of dollars as alleged by various news portals to be moved around without the knowledge of the Governor of Bank Negara?

2. Zeti should clarify why a company controlled by her family members received lucrative water contracts from the ministry of education.

3. What was the nature of Zeti’s involvement with CIMB-Southern Bank deal? Similarly, what was Tawfiq Ayman’s involvement?

Related story

Senior officers of AmInvestment Bank Bhd (Ambank) have conspired to help two companies linked to Jho Low, make millions in profit from flipping 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) bonds the first day it was issued.

The RM5.0 billion bond sale was arranged by Ambank and approved by TIA chief executive Datuk Shahrol Halmi despite the objection from a shareholder, the Terengganu Government.

The RM5 billion bond issuance, purportedly for the joint development of Pulau Bidong with Mubadala (which Mubadala later denied), was rushed on the advice of TIA’s special adviser without resolving issues raised by its board of directors.  Money that 1MDB raised from that bond was used to pay the initial US$1.0 billion for the PetroSaudi JV. However, investigators have confirmed that US$700 million was moved to a company belonging to Jho Low, Good Star Ltd. 

Money trails by investigators discovered that Jho Low had transferred millions of dollars to various individuals and entities including to Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz’s husband, Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman.

The money paid to Cutting Edge Industries Ltd came from Jho Low

Only RM4.385 billion proceeds were raised from the RM5 billion debt papers. The bond carried a coupon of 5.75% per annum but had 6.68% effective return per annum due to the discount. The interest of 5.75%  was very high since the issuance of the bond is directly guaranteed by Government.

A 5.75% coupon over 30 years means interest payments alone would total RM8.625 billion, bringing the total that need to be repaid by the government to RM13.625 billion — 3.1 times the RM4.385 billion net proceeds raised in May 2009.

While there is a need to take into account the time value of money, as money in 2009 is not the same as money in 2039, it is clear the money raised would not generate the required 6.68% return per annum to cover the debt taken, let alone repay the principal.

The miscalculation is one that the country and its people ultimately have to pay. Investigators have discovered the RM5 billion proceed from this bond have been largely siphoned for the benefits of Jho Low and entities and individuals related to him.

The bond issuance was a “bought deal”, which meant that AmBank, as the lead arranger and primary subscriber for the 30-year papers, bought the entire issuance either for itself or for a selected group. It then subsequently sold RM4.5 billion at a discount to Aktis Capital Singapore Pte Ltd and Thailand-based Country Group Securities Pcl.

The bonds were sold to Country Group and Aktis Capital at a 13% discount — they paid RM87 against the face value of RM100. Ambank had immediately resold the bonds on behalf of the two companies to local investors (mainly pension funds and insurers) for between RM100 and RM105 allowing Jho Low to make windfall profit of US$113 million.

Country Group then instructed Ambank to send of US$113 million of the profit to Acme Time Pte Ltd in Singapore. Investigators have discovered that Acme Time’s account in RBS Coutts was controlled by Jho Low and Eric Tan Kim Loong.  Money trails conducted by investigators found that Jho Low had transferred millions of dollars to Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman.

Ambank had facilitated the selling of the bonds to Country Group and Aktis Capital to make huge profits through a quick flip instead of selling bonds directly to the eventual local buyers — insurance companies and pension funds.  Malaysians got cheated twice as the bonds were sold at a discount and then sold at a higher value to Malaysian institutions, eg EPF, SOCSO and insurance companies. 

This scandal happened with the involvement of several senior Ambank officers and the failure of regulators to detect and stop the transactions.

Besides Jho Low, Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman and children made millions from the Big Flip!

Investigations by MACC, PDRM and other Law Enforcement Agencies discovered that Zeti’s Husband, Dato’ Dr Ayman and children received millions of dollars from Jho Low through Iron Rhapsody account with UBS AG, One Raffles Quay, Singapore.

Iron Rhapsody Ltd was established to receive money from Jho Low. The registered owners of Iron Rhapsody are Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman and Alif Ayman Aziz bin Tawfiq Ayman. Iron Rhapsody received a total of USD16,219,409.23 from entities registered under the name of Jho Low.

Iron Rhapsody received monies which are related to the RM5 billion bond from:

1)    Central Holding Ltd amounted to USD1,250,000 on 18 December 2009. Jho Low is the beneficial owner of this entity;

2)    Butamba Investment Ltd amounted to USD7,420,088.92 on 18 Jun 2008. Jho Low is the beneficial owner of this entity;

3)    ACME Time Limited (BVI) amounted to USD567,086.31. Jho Low is the beneficial owner of this entity. ACME received USD113,426,210 from the quick profit from the issuance of RM5 billion bond.

4)    Sherman & Sterling LLC amounted to USD6,250,000 and USD732,234 on 17 December 2009 and 21 May 2009 respectively. The source of Sherman & Sterling fund was from Good Star Limited who has illegally received USD700,000,000 from fund which was siphoned from the issuance of RM5 billion bond. Jho Low is the beneficial owner of Good Star.

Subsequently, Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman and children transferred the moneys into their accounts in Singapore:

a)    Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman personal account with HSBC, Singapore;

b)    Chevron Management with UBS, Singapore;

c)    Glittring Snow International Limited, Singapore; and

d)    Cutting Edge Industries Ltd with UBS, Singapore. Singapore Authority has seized USD11,300,000 from this account. The beneficial owners for this account are, Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman, Alif Ayman Aziz bin Tawfiq Ayman and Abdul Aziz bin Tawfiq Ayman.

Based on information received from informers and transcripts of BlackBerry messages retrieved from a blackberry phone seized by MACC and leaked email correspondences, Tan Sri Zeti and the current Gabenor Datuk Nor Shamsiah have met Jho Low several times. Both have knowledge on the payments received by Dato’ Dr Tawfiq Ayman and children.

Datuk Nor Shamsiah and Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar have led several investigations on Ambank. However, Bank Negara failed to take appropriate actions against the bank and officers of Ambank who had facilitated the highly questionable transactions involving Tan Sri Zeti’s husband and children.

Gabenor Datuk Nor Shamsiah who is known for her arrogance among the local financial industry has also been uncooperative with other local and international authorities in handling this scandal.

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