Shahrizat tells court she’s not embarrassed by NFCorp failure
Former minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said today she was not embarrassed by the failure of National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) helmed by her husband, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail, in running the National Feedlot Centre (NFC).
During cross-examination in her defamation case against PKR’s Zuraidah Kamaruddin and Rafizi Ramli today, lawyer Ranjit Singh asked if Shahrizat felt embarrassed when reading the 2010 Auditor-General’s report, which stated NFCorp had not met their obligations owed to the government.
“No. They did not refer to my husband’s company. Counsel has got his facts wrong,” claimed Shahrizat.
Ranjit then read the Wanita UMNO chief excerpts from the report which stated NFCorp had not met the contract obligations for the project, but again, Shahrizat disputed the question.
“Yes, but let me clarify, the Auditor-General was only referring to the national feedlot project. He has no power to audit a private company,” she said.
Shahrizat also testified that she did not know how NFCorp made its income.
“I don’t know. It’s a business entity. I don’t know what their plans are,” she said.
When the defence lawyer asked who was charged with managing the feedlot programme, Shahrizat again said she did not know.
“That you will have to ask the agricultural minister,” she added.
NFCorp is owned by Mohamad Salleh and the couple’s three children. Their eldest son, Wan Shahinur Izmir, was also present today before the High Court judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.
Shahrizat was represented by Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who was not in attendance this morning.
Rafizi had previously said that although he had repeatedly raised the question of conflict of interest in the award of the NFC project to Mohamad Salleh’s company when Shahrizat was still in the Cabinet, it was only the NFCorp chairman who was charged in court with wrongdoing.
On May 12, Mohamad Salleh pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two counts of criminal breach of trust involving RM49.7 million in NFCorp funds with regards to the purchase of two condominium units.
Rafizi, who has been at the forefront of the exposé on the scandal, was charged together with former Public Bank clerk Johari Mohamad under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) for disclosing banking documents related to NFCorp.
Both of them could be fined a maximum of RM3 million or be jailed up to three years if found guilty.
Thats not her money. Of course she is not embarassed.
If thats her own money, she could be embarassed, dssapointed, worried, feared, to the extend may be suicide.
Well this shameless camel knows all too well that she'll get off scot-free and her family RM250mil richer courtesy of her fellow crooks in UMNO!That's why she's bold enough to say 'tell me which UMNO person doesn't have problems?'Well they'd better pray hard that UMNO stays in power or there wouldn't be enough cells to fit them all in!