Zeti did not suffer heart attack, Bank Negara confirms

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is healthy and did not suffer from heart attack, as rumoured.

“She is fine and well. She came to work as usual. She was not hospitalised. There was no resignation," said an official from BNM.

Based on BNM’s calendar of events on its website, the central bank will announce the country’s economic performance for the second quarter on Aug 13. 

The briefing on the country's economic performance is normally chaired by the governor of BNM. Zeti, who is 67 years old, has held the post of BNM governor since May 2000. 

Her signature is the most famous in Malaysia as it is imprinted on every ringgit in circulation. For the past 10 months as the ringgit weaken against the strengthening US dollar, imports have become costlier. 

The average household's purchasing power shrank as more ringgit were being used to pay for imported food, beverages and clothing that were priced in US dollars.

As public frustration burgeon, so has the pressure for economic and political reforms. In the midst of uncertainty, attention seekers sought to speculate and spread rumours on social media.

News portal Malaysia Gazette reported that Zeti did not turn up for work on Monday morning but had came in later in the evening.

Such heart attack rumours were quashed when a hale and hearty Zeti was seen at various internal BNM meetings. 

"For 2015, the current account is expected to remain in surplus but narrower. Despite the expected low oil prices, the surplus in liquefied natural gas and crude palm oil exports will remain sizeable," the governor reportedly told reporters at the last media meet.

Meanwhile, at a separate event, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar quashed rumours that the country's central bank governor was being investigated by police over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy.

"Not by us," Khalid told reporters at a press conference when asked whether Zeti was being probed by the police. The issue of banking confidentiality has cropped up lately in the wake of the 1MDB saga. 

How the central bank deals with the issue remains to be seen. Zeti has to ensure that the confidence in the country’s banking and financial system remains sound and that any breaches of the rules are dealt with.