Pendedahan atau terdedahnya senarai nama penyimpan-penyimpan dalam akaun 'HSBC Swiss private banking' dari 203 negara melibatkan 106,000 penyimpan berjumlah lebih dari USD100 Billion dari seluruh dunia ini pasti memanaskan punggung mereka yang menyembunyikan kekayaan mereka dalam akaun bank tersebut.
Dokumen-dokumen yang diperoleh oleh Konsortium Antarabangsa bagi wartawan Penyiasat melalui akhbar Perancis Le Monde, menunjukkan urusan bank dengan pelanggan yang terlibat dalam spektrum tingkah laku menyalahi undang-undang, terutama dalam bersembunyi beratus-ratus juta dolar daripada pihak berkuasa cukai.
Mereka juga menunjukkan rekod persendirian bola sepak terkenal dan pemain tenis, penunggang basikal, bintang rock, pelakon Hollywood, royalti, dan ahli-ahli politik...
Team of journalists from 45 countries unearths secret bank accounts maintained for criminals, traffickers, tax dodgers, politicians and celebrities
Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in Africa, bag men for Third World dictators, traffickers in blood diamonds and other international outlaws.
The leaked files, based on the inner workings of HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm, relate to accounts holding more than $100 billion. They provide a rare glimpse inside the super-secret Swiss banking system — one the public has never seen before.
The documents, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists via the French newspaper Le Monde, show the bank’s dealings with clients engaged in a spectrum of illegal behavior, especially in hiding hundreds of millions of dollars from tax authorities. They also show private records of famed soccer and tennis players, cyclists, rock stars, Hollywood actors, royalty, politicians, corporate executives and old-wealth families.
These disclosures shine a light on the intersection of international crime and legitimate business, and they dramatically expand what’s known about potentially illegal or unethical behavior in recent years at HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks.
The leaked account records show some clients making trips to Geneva to withdraw large wads of cash, sometimes in used notes. The files also document huge sums of money controlled by dealers in diamonds who are known to have operated in war zones and sold gemstones to finance insurgencies that caused untold deaths.
HSBC, which is headquartered in London and has offices in 74 nations and territories on six continents, at first insisted that ICIJ destroy the data.
Late last month, after being informed of the full extent of the reporting team’s findings, HSBC gave a final response that was more conciliatory, telling ICIJ: “We acknowledge that the compliance culture and standards of due diligence in HSBC’s Swiss private bank, as well as the industry in general, were significantly lower than they are today.”
The written statement said the bank had “taken significant steps over the past several years to implement reforms and exit clients who did not meet strict new HSBC standards, including those where we had concerns in relation to tax compliance.”
The bank added that it had refocused this part of its business. “As a result of this repositioning, HSBC’s Swiss private bank has reduced its client base by almost 70% since 2007.”
How the offshore banking industry shelters money and hides secrets has enormous implications for societies across the globe. Academics conservatively estimate that $7.6 trillion is held in overseas tax havens, costing government treasuries at least $200 billion a year.
“The offshore industry is a major threat for our democratic institutions and our basic social contract,” French economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century told ICIJ. “Financial opacity is one of the key drivers of rising global inequality. It allows a large fraction of top income and top wealth groups to pay negligible tax rates, while the rest of us pay large taxes in order to finance the public goods and services (education, health, infrastructures) that are indispensable for the development process.”
Menariknya buat masa sekarang The Malay Mail Online adalah satu-satunya akhbar atau portal dalam negara kita yang mendedahkan individu dari negara ini yang menyimpan dalam Bank tersebut..
Berikut adalah laporan dari The Malay Mail Online..
Several public figures including the Sultanah Kalsom of Pahang were among listed having an account with the Swiss branch of multinational bank HSBC, after a major leak revealed a clientele consisting of politicians, celebrities, criminals, traffickers and tax dodgers.
According to the leak now dubbed, “Swiss Leaks”, Malaysia was ranked 87th among 203 countries with the most amount of US dollars in the HSBC Swiss account, at US$173.4 million (RM621.6 million).
“Sultanah Kalsom, listed by HSBC as a ‘housewife’, was connected to a numbered client account under the name “3678TE” from September 1994 to November 1997,” said a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ).
“The leaked files do not specify the exact role that she had in relation to the account,” it added.
ICIJ also pointed out that the Sultanah did not respond to its repeated request for comments.
According to ICIJ, the profession of “housewife” popped up “with amazing frequency” to describe a wealthy married woman, but also in some cases industry pioneers, architects, journalists, teachers, princesses and heiresses.
Among those named “housewives” by HSBC were advertising pioneer Mary Wells Lawrence, Saudi princess and education advocate Lolowah al-Faisal Al Saud, Thai entrepreneur Khunying Patcharee Wongpaitoon, and fashion house heiress Arlette Ricci.
Sultanah Kalsom is the second wife of Sultan Ahmad Shah, after marrying the Pahang ruler in 1992.
ICIJ said that Sultanah Kalsom is involved in charitable activities across Malaysia, including combating domestic violence and promoting childhood development and female empowerment.
Between 1982 and 2006, the report said there was 77 Malaysian client accounts linked to 201 bank accounts created between 1982 and 2006.
Among the 93 clients linked to Malaysia, 28 per cent holds Malaysian passports or nationality.
The most amount of money stored by a Malaysian client was US$67.7 million (RM242.7 million). In comparison, Malaysia’s income per capita is just US$10,500, as per latest data in 2013.
Most of the Malaysian clients held less than US$2 million in their accounts.
Last week, a team of 45 journalists all over the world pored over the leaked files obtained through French daily Le Monde, involving accounts worth more than US$100 billion.
The data was originally smuggled away by a former HSBC employee-turned-whistleblower, Hervé Falciani, and handed to French authorities in 2008, before Le Monde obtained it from the French tax authority’s investigation into the files.
ICIJ then enlisted more than 140 journalists, including reporters from Le Monde, the BBC, The Guardian, “60 Minutes”, Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 45 other media organisations ~ The Malay Mail
Tak kiralah siapapun yang menyimpannya.. SPRM wajar mengambil tindakan susulan dari terdedahnya nama-nama individu yang menyimpan dalam akaun HSBC Swiss Private Banking itu..