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Former army generals, top cops urged to join 1MDB fight
Published:  Aug 16, 2016 1:27 PM
Updated: 5:43 AM

Former top civil servants and officials should band together with politicians and the nation's intelligentsia to speak out on the 1MDB issue, Amanah says.

This includes former army generals, former police inspector-generals, former attorney-generals, former judges, former chief secretaries and other top civil servants who have served with integrity, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said today.

These former officials have much influence in society as scholars, artistes, academicians and religious leaders, and must use this to help resolve "the largest corruption issue since Merdeka", Salahuddin said.

"Wouldn't it be good if they used their revered statures to defend the people and the nation, and to speak out against the Najib administration, which is in a dire state amid the 1MDB scandal?

"I am confident the rakyat will continue to revere them for their contributions. So it is only reasonable for them to start a movement among them, which could have a significant impact on raising the rakyat's awareness in defending this nation's dignity," he said.

"Our political views may be different, but I am certain that we can all unite against this unprecedented case of corruption," Salahuddin said in a statement.

A group of former top civil servants, called G25, has urged Bank Negara Malaysia to take civil action against 1MDB, under Section 239 of the Financial Services Act, for its failure to comply with the central bank's directive to repatriate US$1.83 billion to Malaysia.

Instead, BNM issued a fine against 1MDB for non-compliance, which the state investment firm paid in May.

BNM declined to reveal the amount of the fine, and said it would no longer pursue the matter, despite alleged money laundering findings exposed by the United States Department of Justice.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is investigating several banks linked to 1MDB, and MAS has also withdrawan the licence of Swiss merchant bank BSI Bank over the matter.

Regulators in Switzerland are also invstigating several banks there on their links with 1MDB.

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