2 sought by Malaysia's central bank in 1MDB investigation

PETALING JAYA: Bank Negara Malaysia is looking for two indivi­duals to assist them in investigations.

The central bank uploaded a poster of Casey Tang Keng Chee, 50, and Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, 42, on its Facebook page, saying it was seeking information on their where­abouts in relation to investigations under the Exchange Control Act 1953.

Tang was one of the pioneers of the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) that later became 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB). He was one of the few in the early team of TIA together with 1MDB's former managing director Datuk Shahrol Azral Halmi.

Loo is reported to have joined 1MDB in 2011 to replace Tang. Before that, she was the executive director of compliance and legal at Utama Banking Group (UBG) Berhad, a company that businessman Low Taek Jho and his associates used to own.

She was also a director in Putrajaya Perdana Berhad, a company that UBG took over in 2008.

Bank Negara is asking members of the public with information on the two to contact them at 03-2698-8044 ext 8554 / 7610 or to lodge a report at the nearest police station.

It added, however, that it was not offering a reward for any information provided on the duo.

In Putrajaya, the special taskforce probing the 1MDB scandal has hauled up a third individual, this time a 28-year-old business owner.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Ab Rahman allowed the man to be remanded for four days, although the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) requested for seven days.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi said the man was being investigated under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act, which relates to bribery.

The man, who owns a trading company in Setapak, was arrested at the MACC headquarters at 10.45pm on Thursday after he went there voluntarily when summoned.

He is the third to be arrested. Two company directors were also hauled up this week in relation to the 1MDB probe by the taskforce.

A 39-year-old construction firm director was the first to be remanded on Tuesday. He was released on bail yesterday after his remand expired.

The second individual, a 54-year-old Datuk who is managing director of a firm related to 1MDB, was remanded for five days from Wednesday.

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