Nurul Izzah: Allegations are fabricated lies
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar has denied allegations that she had stashed millions of US dollars under multiple accounts in Israeli National Bank.
In her email reply to The Mole, the Lembah Pantai MP said the allegations were nothing more than fabricated lies.
“I am sorry to say that no such account(s) exist under my name. This allegation is no more than a fabrication and a lie,” Nurul Izzah who is also Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's daughter added.
She also took a swipe at the bloggers who posted the 'fabricated lies' and labelled them as Umno cybertroopers.
Nurul Izzah was asked to comment on various blog postings which claimed that she had a total of six Israeli National Bank accounts with a total sum of USD 70 million stashed in them.
One of the blogs, semuthitam80 questioned why Nurul Izzah did not hold a press conference to clarify the matter.
The posting, claiming that the accounts were opened in 1997, also questioned the source of the money.
This latest allegation against Nurul Izzah is similar to a series of attacks against former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the height of Reformasi in 1998.
During the political turmoil following the sacking of Anwar then, Dr Mahathir and Barisan Nasional leaders including former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin were accused of having stashed millions of US dollars in the same Israeli National Bank.
Similar allegations resurfaced a couple of years ago and in 2008 Dr Mahathir had challenged, in a blog posting, those who made the allegations to own up so that he could sue them.
Dr Mahathir also gave his normal dose of sarcasm - “I give full permission for the Israeli National Bank to make public these accounts so that I can claim the money said to belong to me and my family.”