The ‘mystery woman’ linked to the claim that Anwar Ibrahim held 20 master accounts containing RM3 billion while he was in government, has denied that she was his proxy.
Zaliah Zakaria, 56, said she used to know Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (left).
This was when Zaliah was president and owner of Wira Tangkis Sdn Bhd.
Malay daily Utusan Malaysia quoted Zaliah as saying that Wira Tangkis had contributed to charity badminton tournaments organised by the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in the late 1990s when Anwar was deputy prime minister.
Zaliah also said she had sponsored water sports involving one of Anwar’s daughters in Penang, while he was in Sungal Buloh jail.
“Our relationship is just a friendship because I also love badminton. I wonder how my name could have been linked to Anwar. (Furthermore) this (is said to have) happened 13 years ago, but I ignored it (then),” she was quoted as saying.
“But this time, because my photo was published (in Mingguan Malaysia, the Sunday edition of Utusan), I have no choice but to come forward to explain the truth.”
Yesterday Mingguan Malaysia had cited a pro-Umno blog as having originally published the photo, after Umno member Ummi Hafilda submitted ‘evidence’ to a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officer at a meeting several weeks ago.
According to the paper, Ummi (right) had claimed that Anwar was very close to Zaliah, who paid income tax of RM50 million.
She was further reported as saying that Zaliah owned or was linked to 62 luxury condominiums and bungalows, most of these located in Penang.
On this allegation, Zaliah demanded that Ummi furnishes evidence. She also wants Anwar to immediately issue a statement denying her link to the allegation.
Zaliah claimed that she had once owned cash and properties worth RM100 million as a result of her horse-racing business but that she was later tracked down by the Inland Revenue Board and forced to declare bankruptcy. – Mkini