(File pix) Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) building in Kuala Lumpur. BNM, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) will join forces to combat financial crimes and strengthen the country's financial system.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) will join forces to combat financial crimes and strengthen the country's financial system.

"The tri-partite effort would also able to increase the national revenue and build a country that is free from corruption and abuse of power," they said in a joint-statement here today.

BNM Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim said the collaboration would stem the channelling of illegal proceeds and illegal transactions through the financial system.

"This is key in preserving the integrity and public confidence in the Malaysian financial system," he said.

MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, said the collaboration would also allow the exchange of information on investigation and reinforce the sharing of best practices between the three agencies as each has its own unique challenges in combating financial crimes, corruption and tax evasion.

IRB chief executive officer, Datuk Sabin Samitah, said this strategic alliance was a necessary step towards reducing tax leakages resulting from financial crimes. -- Bernama

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