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29 October 2011

Muhyiddin passes buck on cattle farm failure to Noh

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today there was no wrongdoing in the RM74 million “Beef Valley” falling more than 4,000 cows or 60 per cent short of its breeding target.

“There is nothing unusual or wrong. The audit found weaknesses which will be explained,” the deputy prime minister said of the Auditor-General’s Report on the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) which has been linked to family members of minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

The 2010 audit report found that the NFC, set up in 2008 when Muhyiddin (picture) was agriculture and agro-based industry minister, fell short of the target of 8,000 cows last year with only 3,289 head of cattle bred at the Gemas, Negri Sembilan farm.

Instead, Muhyiddin said his successor, Datuk Seri Noh Omar, would explain the matter.

PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin had claimed on Tuesday that the NFC had failed despite being given a soft loan of RM250 million and a 5,000-acre plot of land.

The NFC is a joint venture between the Negri Sembilan and federal governments through the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MoA) to commercially produce more beef domestically and cut down imports of the meat.

Previous media reports showed the ministry picked a company called Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, owned by Shahrizat’s husband, Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, to spearhead the project under a company called National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp).

Mohamad Salleh is also NFCorp’s executive chairman.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat’s three children, Izran, Izmir and Izzana, also play key roles in NFCorp, the Malay Mail reported on June 24 this year. Izran is CEO while his brother and sister are executive directors.


You take all these mismanagement of Rakyat's money so easy! Where is accountability? Where is "berkhidmat untuk rakyat"? Unless you also benefit from all these, you should sack those found guilty. Actually the most noble thing you should do is to resign!

It is typical of Umno ministers to blame others when things turn wrong but quick to claim credit when things are successful. People say when you laugh, the whole world laughs with you but when you cry, you cry alone. Or perhaps that is human nature. See, how true.

Aziz Bari to lodge police report against death threat


Abdul Aziz Bari will lodge a police report tomorrow against a death threat he received this morning warning him against criticising the Sultan of Selangor.

His lawyer, Zulqarnain Lukman, said this evening that the controversial International Islamic University (UIA) professor has agreed to file a report tomorrow over an envelope containing a bullet and a note saying “Jangan kurang ajar dengan Sultan, maut nanti (don’t be rude with the Sultan, you may die later)” sent to his Bandar Baru Selayang home around 11.45am this morning.

“I have just made a call. Spoke to prof. He will make a report tomorrow,” he said in a text message. Aziz, whose suspension for allegedly attacking Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was lifted by UIA on Sunday, has said he is “expecting charges very soon” for sedition after police completed investigations on Monday.

UIA suspended the professor last week after he said the Ruler’s intervention on the raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) in August was “unusual and inconsistent.”

Aziz’s (picture) statement caused a furore among Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs in Parliament, who urged action be taken against the don.

He has chosen not to apologise for his remarks even after a police report was lodged against him, insisting he had not meant to challenge the Sultan and was only fulfilling his role as an academician.

Hundreds of UIA students gathered at the university’s Gombak campus last week to demand the lecturer’s reinstatement.

Aziz’s colleagues and lecturers from other universities as well as Opposition leaders have also backed the academician.

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