FURORE OVER ‘HSIEN LOONG A KEY 1MDB INVESTIGATION TARGET’ REPORT: IN LODGING POLICE REPORT OVER ‘BASELESS & DEFAMATORY’ ARTICLE, SINGAPORE CENTRAL BANK REVEALS ITS PROBE INTO 1MDB STILL ONGOING

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has filed a report with the Singapore Police Force against the author of an article published on www.statestimesreview.com on Nov 5, 2018, which made statements claimed to be false and malicious, and impugned the integrity of MAS as a financial regulator.

The article titled “Lee Hsien Loong becomes 1MDB’s key investigation target” alleged that Malaysia had signed several unfair agreements with Singapore, in exchange for Singapore banks’ assistance in laundering 1MDB’s funds.

“The article is baseless and defamatory,” MAS said in a statement.

“The article ignores the unprecedented and robust actions taken by MAS over the last two years against Singapore-based banks and bankers in relation to their roles in 1MDB related transactions, in most instances ahead of enforcement actions by foreign jurisdictions.

“It also makes false allegations that Singapore was forced to reopen its investigations into 1MDB only after the change in political leadership in Malaysia,” said the Central Bank.

“Investigations into the 1MDB case had never been closed,” said MAS.

At its Annual Report Press Conferences in 2016 and 2017, MAS had made clear that it would not hesitate to investigate any new leads or evidence relating to 1MDB-related fund flows.

MAS said Singapore’s law enforcement and regulatory agencies had also been cooperating actively with their counterparts in Malaysia, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the United States of America during the tenure of the previous Malaysian government.

“MAS has placed utmost importance on safeguarding its integrity as a financial regulator, and takes seriously any false allegations to the contrary,” the statement added.

– Bernama

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