What’s the Bank Islam deal, Khalid?

In 2007, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim initiated a suit against Bank Islam seeking damages from the bank for alleged wrongful sale of his shares in Guthrie. Bank Islam then filed a counter suit to recover RM66.67 million claiming that Khalid’s failure to repay his loan. Twice the High Court ordered Khalid to pay the RM66.67 million in summary judgments obtained by Bank Islam. And then this year, Bank Islam withdrew its legal challenge to recover the RM66.67 million from Khalid to allow for an out of court settlement. Among the questions being raised is how Khalid has managed to get Bank Islam to agree to an out-of-court settlement. A point to note is that negotiations for the settlement are still in progress with a decision expected to be announced shortly.