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.