Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin

Malaysians openly tell Bank Islam to reinstate economist

A group of mainly Malaysian academics and organizations published an advertisement in The Sun Daily asking Bank Islam Malaysia to lift its suspension of chief economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin. According to the 135 professionals, politicians and academics and 59 organizations, Azrul had given a professional opinion based on economics and that his academic freedom should be respected.

Bank Islam says policy to suspend staff over political comments

Bank Islam Malaysia today confirmed that the suspension of its chief economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin was due to his prediction of the results of Election 2013. The bank's current policy is to suspend its staff if they engage in political activity or make political comments. According to a statement, any staff irrespective of their position, who has breached the Bank’s internal policy, will be suspended with full pay, to facilitate investigation.

Economist says suspended by Bank Islam over polls prediction

Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin today confirmed his suspension as chief economist of Bank Islam after his prediction of the likely results of Election 2013. The bank, however, moved to distance itself from Azrul Azwar and emphasized that the views expressed by him should not be linked or attributed to Bank Islam. It is unknown how long the suspension will last.

Bank Islam lodges report against chief economist

Bank Islam Malaysia lodged two police reports against its suspended chief economist, Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin for allegedly possessing and leaking confidential documents. Azrul was found in the possession of the minutes of the bank’s board of directors’ meeting which were reportedly sent to a third party last June. The police is investigating the case. Azrul was suspended by the bank last week after airing his comments on political issuses.

'It's intimidation,' says Azrul, as Bank Islam steps up action

Suspended Bank Islam chief economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin is facing disciplinary action after airing his views on political issues. Azrul himself classified the police’s intervention as an intimidation and harassment tactic whereas a member of parliament described it as a manifestation of the standard of governance in the local banking scene.

Bank Islam Malaysia Suspends Chief Economist for Policy Breach

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd announced the suspension of chief economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin for allegedly breaching the bank’s internal policies. Azrul predicted at a forum in Singapore last week that Prime Minister Najib Razak will not win the upcoming general election in Malaysia. In a statement, the bank explained that the nature of the breaches would be established as soon as the investigations are completed. They further stressed that the suspension had no relation to Azrul's voicing his personal political views. It was reiteratively said that Azrul’s political views and his comments should are not to be associated with the bank.

Bank Islam chief economist suspended after predicting opposition win in upcoming election

The chief economist of Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd was suspended from his duties because of his prediction that the opposition would win the upcoming general election. He confirmed that he was fully aware that he was putting his position at the bank on risk. Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU) urged in a statement to lift the suspension because it contradicts the right to freedom of speech of the bank's employees. However, the response of Bank Islam was that according to their policy any employee including management, if they behave irrespectively of their position, will be suspended with full pay, to facilitate investigation.

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