Mustafar Ali reveals the case has been classified under Section 23 of MACC Act for abuse of power, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will soon submit its investigation papers on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) fiasco to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for any further action.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had not exonerated the Wanita Umno chief while the latter herself had failed to rebut any of the many allegations made against her since the scandal hit media headlines.
Who could have? Obviously those who benefited from “coalition compulsions” – principally the leaders of the umno and the M.C.A. That they did not stop Shahrizat is why UMNO stands exposed today as the most dysfunctional and tainted government in independent Malaysia history.National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal would not have occurred in the first place without powerful patrons guaranteeing her protection from the consequences of her malfeasance. Since the malfeasance was evident as early as September 2007 official government documentation – now in the public domain – it carried great risk of exposure. Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s protectors were therefore obviously playing for very high stakes. The genesis of many of the scams in UMNO Scorpene submarines ,National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal– lies here. Need and greed have a nodding acquaintance with each other. Funds are fungible. Those designated for a party’s electoral needs and those which, through greed, flow into individual bank accounts are difficult to separate.
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli today demanded Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil prove she was not involved with the National Feedlot Corporation’s (NFCorp) operations, saying it was a matter of utmost public interest.
The PKR chief strategist charged that the Wanita Umno chief had not once refuted PKR’s allegations with concrete proof, and that her response so far had merely been “jokes” and jibes aimed at her detractors.
was referring to Shahrizat’s latest comments on the issue yesterday, where she said she will send the Wanita Umno wing’s trademark red-and-white baju kurung to her “stalker” in PKR, whom she joked wanted to assume her post.
In an apparent reference to Rafizi, who has led PKR’s attacks on Shahrizat and the NFCorp, the federal minister said the idea had been mooted by Perak Wanita Umno at a recent meeting.
“She has not provided proof that she was not at all involved in the decision making that awarded the contract to become integrator to her family’s company, nor has she proven that she was not at all involved with the operations of NFC,” Rafizi said in a statement to The Malaysian Insider.
The PKR leader said that Shahrizat would be “guilty by association” if she was aware that federal funds meant for the cattle project were used for “other purposes” and did not the matter to the relevant ministry.
“If our scrutiny of her conduct she deems as a personal attack against her or Wanita Umno, clearly she does not understand the weight of accountability that she assumes as a senior minister.
“I will continue to dig for evidence of misappropriation and her complicity in such misappropriation no matter how many baju kurungs she wants to send me, because no prior scandal involving a minister’s complicity in a financial misconduct receives such interest from the public,” added Rafizi.
Shahrizat has been repeatedly linked to NFCorp because of her husband’s role as company chairman, and their children’s directorships in the same entity.
The RM250 million publicly-funded cattle-raising scheme was first coined a “mess” in an article in English daily The Star after it made it into the pages of the Attorney-General’s 2010 Report for badly missing production targets.
The term was later repeated by various media organisations to describe NFCorp after PKR launched a series of exposés to show that the project’s funds had been allegedly abused.
PKR, led by strategic director Rafizi, had claimed that RM27 million was used for land and property purchases as well as expenses unrelated to cattle farming by Shahrizat and her family.
The company’s assets were frozen after investigations were launched by the police and the national anti-graft body following the exposés.
Shahrizat returns to ministerial duties today after taking three weeks’ leave to allow the authorities to complete their probe.
Cheras Umno division head Syed Ali Alhabshee today accused Wanita Umno chief
Shahrizat Abdul Jalil of using the party’s women’s wing as a ‘shield’ from
the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) controversy.In a the Cheras Umno blog today, Syed Ali said Shahrizat must ask if she was
sincere in pursuing Umno’s struggle or was she more interested in
safeguarding her government position.
“Why is it so difficult to resign as a minister? There is no need to go on
leave or blame others that supposedly there is an agenda to bring her down.
“Do not fabricate stories that people want to bring her down, the reality is
she should not use Umno Wanita as a shield to to protect her weakness and
mess,” Syed Ali (right) was quoted as saying.
The shield remark might be a reference to how Shahrizat often claim that her
opponents were attacking her to undermine the 1 million strong Wanita Umno
wing.Shahrizat, the current Women, Family and Community Development Minister, is
being linked with the NFC fiasco because her family was awarded the project
back in 2007.
‘People will judge Umno’
However, the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 said that all is not well with
the company which is missing its cattle production targets.
Critics also point to the fact that the NFC had mishandled part of a RM250
million government soft loan on luxury properties.
According Syed Ali, Shahrizat’s refusal to resign is reflecting badly on
“Until when will we walk the talk, Umno says it opposes all forms of
corruption, the rakyat is observing the government’s sincerity,” he said.
The comments come two days after Shahrizat returned from overseas and
immediately declaring that she would not step down.
She is expected to return to her ministerial studies on Wednesday after
going on three weeks leave to facilitate the investigation into NFC.
Even as her three-week leave from the cabinet ends today, Women, Family and Community Development minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has found herself at the receiving end of another attack, this time by a familiar foe who she replaced.
Shahrizat’s predecessor in Wanita UMNO, its former head Rafidah Aziz, launched a vitriolic attack on her, literally telling Shahrizat, who has been at the centre of the scandal involving the government-aided National Feedlot Corporation managed by her family members, to “move out”.Speaking to UMNO-linked daily Malay Mail
, Rafidah did not mince her words when urging Shahrizat to resign, echoing a call by their former boss Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other UMNO leaders.
“If you are a problem to the party and government, please move out! That’s it (for) everyone, whether it’s got to do with cows or anything (else). That’s the most matured way of dealing with your problems,” said Rafidah.
Rafidah also took issue with Shahrizat’s three week leave, which the latter said was to allow a probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency into claims that she and her family members misused RM200 million government cash for their cattle-rearing company.
“Why are you so hung up about the three-week decision (to take a break)? You’re missing the point!
“The point is: damn it, decide, don’t leave it (the decision to go) to the prime minister. Don’t leave the onus on the prime minister to decide for you,” said Rafidah, removing all brakes in her criticism of the person to whom she lost in an intense campaign to win the Wanita UMNO chief election in 2009.
‘AP and NFCorp not the same’
Besides Shahrizat’s husband Mohamad Salleh Ismail, their children are also part of the top management of NFCorp. Sons Wan Shahinur Izmir Salleh and Wan Shahinur Izran are executive director and chief executive officer respectively, while daughter Wan Izzanah Fatimah is director, all of whom had been accused of drawing fat monthly salaries against a backdrop of financial abuses.According to Rafidah, the scandal has effectively taken Shahrizat off the list of prime minister Najib Razak’s so-called “winnable candidates” to represent BN in the coming polls.
“Whoever is in the wrong, please do the needful. But do not use the same brush stroke to tarnish the government. That’s why I say if you’re a bother to the government, you are a liability to the government and to the party, (and should) make the decision to move away,” she added.
The former International Trade and Industry minister, who herself was once embroiled in the controversy surrounding the abuse of Approved Permit (APs), however was quick to squash any attempt to equate it with the NFCorp issue.
“There was no evidence and there was no link to any family member. You think I’m not a God-fearing woman and do all these things? It’s a sin, you know!” she exclaimed.
Meantime, whether or not Rafidah’s outburst is a signal of her return to helm the troubled Wanita UMNO movement, is something political analysts will be eagerly following.