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Bank conducts internal probe on officers

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Rakyat is conducting an internal investigation over reports that six of its officers were involved in the falsification of documents for personal financing.

In a statement today, the Bank said that it viewed seriously over media reports on Sept 8 over the involvement of its officers in Likas and Kota Kinabalu in the matter.

“In relation to this Bank Rakyat is conducting an internal investigation and stern action will be taken against those found guilty, including the termination of their services,” it said in a statement.

Bank Rakyat assured that at the same time its banking operations will continue normally and is not affected by the issue.

“Bank Rakyat will continue to cooperate with the authorities on the ongoing investigation,” it added. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) nabbed the suspects on Sept 6 between 10.35pm and 10.47pm at the Starbucks 1Borneo Hypermall in Kota Kinabalu.

In a follow-up operation, a team of MACC officers then raided the bank’s branch in Kota Kinabalu and Likas, as well as the home of a bank personnel in the state capital.

Sabah MACC director, Datuk Shaharom Nizam Abdul Manap said the raids resulted, in a number of items being seized, such as a laptop, personal computer, six cellphones, a number of rubber stamps suspected to be fake and the bank’s personal loan forms.

According to Shaharom Nizam, the raid on the three premises and the seizures of numerous items also saw subsequent bank officers being nabbed on Sept 7.

The suspects are aged between 26 and 29 were nabbed after MACC received a report from a 33-year-old civil servant on Sept 2 at 10.50am, in that two bank officers had demanded RM7,000 from him to facilitate his loan application with the bank.

-New Straits Times

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