Anwar Ibrahim has provided the information requested by the special task force investigating Bank Negara’s foreign exchange losses suffered in the early 1990s.
Disclosing this, the jailed PKR leader said that he was only given a day’s notice to appear before the task force last week, adding that he just carried his responsibility as a former deputy prime minister and finance minister.
Anwar, however, said he was not given any document for assistance when he appeared before the task force last Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen after his application hearing at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today, he expressed hopes that the inquiry would not be used for political purposes.
“I did my duty as a former DPM. They should respect that,” said Anwar, the former opposition leader, currently serving a five-year sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison for a sodomy conviction.
Anwar was the deputy prime minister when the losses were suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia and were finance minister when the scandal became public.
The prime minister then was current Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad, who is now an opposition leader working within Pakatan Harapan to topple Barisan Nasional-helmed federal government.
The scandal was among the biggest from under Mahathir’s watch.
Putrajaya formed the task force in February after former Bank Negara Assistant Governor Abdul Murad Khalid claimed that the central bank racked up US$10 billion in foreign exchange losses during the early 1990s.
The cabinet has appointed former Chief Secretary Mohd Sidek Hassan to head the task force.
Others include senior officials from the Finance Ministry, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the police’s commercial crimes department and the Securities Commission.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said in a statement that the task force’s terms of reference would be to conduct preliminary investigations into the forex losses, which reportedly amounted to billions of ringgit.
The probe covers various aspects, including whether or not there was any attempt to conceal the scale of the losses and the persons involved.
The task force is expected to deliver its findings to the cabinet in June and will include a recommendation on whether a Royal Commission of Inquiry was necessary to further probe the scandal.
Anwar appears before task force on forex losses