CLEAR BREACH: PKR official has violated banking regulations, claims firm
NATIONAL Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) hopes Bank Negara Malaysia will take action against PKR strategic director Mohd Rafizi Ramli for several counts of contravening the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia).
NFCorp chief executive officer Wan Shahinur Izmir said Rafizi was liable because he distributed confidential bank information.
Not only is he liable under Bafia, Rafizi also distributed to the media a letter from the central bank dated May 7 to an employee of Public Bank Bhd, Johari Mohamad concerning the disclosure of private bank documents of parties related to NFCorp.
The opposition party official also distributed to the media earlier this week a letter from Public Bank addressed to the same employee on April 24, 2012, Wan Shahinur told the New Straits Times yesterday.
NFCorp, in a statement yesterday, said Rafizi as a professionally trained accountant and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants could not claim ignorance over the provisions of Bafia and could not use confidential bank information for his personal or political agenda.
"The matter is now in the hands of Bank Negara and NFCorp hopes the central bank will stand firm in protecting the integrity of Malaysia's respected banking and financial system which has jealously protected this element of secrecy and confidentiality.
"If Rafizi has misled the bank employee, he should take the blame, not anyone else.
"He must take full responsibility for his unlawful and illegal action in contravening the provisions of Bafia which are completely unambiguous."
The statement said NFCorp's police report regarding the disclosure of the confidential bank documents did not specify any bank employee.
Neither was any specific bank employee named in the NFCorp's letters to Bank Negara or Public Bank.
"Johari had also confirmed that he had never met with NFCorp chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail and similarly, Salleh said he had never met nor knew Johari.
"This puts down Rafizi's claim that NFCorp chairman has been continuously harassing Public Bank and Bank Negara to hunt down Johari."
Rafizi held a press conference earlier this week with Johari who said he had been pressured for months before resigning as a clerk at Public Bank on May 2 after a domestic inquiry was held due to the NFCorp chairman's complaint.