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Shahrizat not big enough a scapegoat to save BN

What is now the RM250 million NFC debacle was once part of a grand plan by the people in the Agriculture ministry to make Malaysia self-sufficient in food, which was a good and feasible plan and could have been very successful. But unfortunately, it was hijacked by UMNO and turned into a money-making scheme for its elite leaders.

The same goes with the New Economic Policy and whatever that the nation’s planners have so far come up with for the government to implement so as to benefit the country. All have either been hijacked by UMNO or passed on to its BN partners. It is for the reason that while the UMO led government loudly proclaims ‘progress’, what the citizens really feel is ‘regress’.

With self-sufficiency in food, Malaysia would be able to save billions in the long term and even be a net food exporter. If the NEP had been implemented properly and diligently, the goals would have been achieved by now and the policy abolished. Malaysia could have been a success story for the rest of the world to emulate.

Unfortunately, UMNO spoiled everything. How? Well, they meddled, shortchanged, cheated, siphoned out and stole everything that they could put their hands on. It is not for nothing that UMNO is described as a pirate ship. So those thieves in Somali, watch out – UMNO Mari!

Classic example of an UMNO money-making scheme

The NFC mess is a classic example of an UMNO money-making scheme moving at its slickest – until of course internal infighting made the rival factions in UMNO turn against and spill the beans on each other. From the UMNO president, deputy president all the way down to the top guns in the youth and Wanita wings, they all willingly supported Shahrizat Jalil – the Women’s minister and head of the Women’s wing – as her family dug a huge hole for themselves with the National Feedlot Centre cattle breeding project.

So it is not surprising that Shahrizat got very angry when her UMNO colleagues later turned their backs on her and her family. After betraying her, they forced her and her family to step out and take on the full blame. Remember, someone leaked out those secret details to the PKR, some in UMNO claim it came from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s camp but in the end he had to beat a hasty retreat because the scandal got completely out of hand.

Then as if to show their gratitude, the duplicitous UMNO elite rushed out one by one to publicly thank her for her ‘sacrifice’ and her magnanimous spirit in accepting responsibility and not tarring them in the process!

Shahrizat not big enough a scapegoat to save BN: NFC still a ‘weapon of mass destruction’
13 March 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


What’s so prejudicial discussing the NFC scandal?

MARCH 13 — Firstly, thank you Zuraida Kamaruddin of PKR. If you had not applied for a motion to discuss the NFC scandal in Parliament, Shahrizat Jalil would not have been forced to resign from Cabinet and her husband would not have been charged with CBT.

That one move by the PKR MP spooked Putrajaya into acting because they knew that the alternative was untenable: having an open debate in a Parliament on the role played by the then Agriculture Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Abdullah Badawi in approving the RM250 million project and soft loan.

Whatever the Opposition MPs would have said in Parliament would have been covered by privilege and one can only surmise what they would have disclosed.

But Zuraida’s motion sent Putrajaya into overdrive to find out a way in which the NFC could be kept out of Parliament. The best manner was to argue that the case was in the courts and any discussion would be sub judice.

But there is one major flaw with those in Malaysia who hide behind the concept of sub judice. It is meant for jury trials so that the 12 ordinary citizens will not be influenced by what is reported about a case in the public domain.

But as the eminent English judge Lord Denning once noted, if a professional judge is influenced by the chatter around him then he has no business being a judge.

In short, the Dewan Rakyat Speaker’s decision to disallow the debate on how RM250 million project was awarded and the main characters involved on the grounds of sub judice is rubbish. It is a self-serving move by the Speaker to protect his coalition from more searching questions on the scandal of the year.

It is the act of a government that appears anxious to put an artificial closure on this scandal.

What’s so prejudicial discussing the NFC scandal? — Justice Seeker
March 13, 2012 – TMI


NFC represents the modus operandi for all BN projects?

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) controversy remains a burning issue despite the fact that its chairman was finally charged in court yesterday with criminal offences, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders said today.

PR lawmakers, who spoke to The Malaysian Insider, said the pressure is still on the government to initiate further investigations into “all parties” involved in the alleged abuse of public funds, and that the only way to do this would be by establishing a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI).

“It doesn’t change the fact that an RCI must be initiated to get to the bottom of the truth behind the NFC. Lest we forget, the then Ministers of Agriculture and Finance were also responsible in approving the project. They must be held accountable.

“The rakyat needs to know whether NFC represents the modus operandi for all Barisan Nasional (BN) projects,” PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said.

“I believe sacrificial lambs such as a minister whose tenure is not renewed and charges against NFC personalities must not be used to silence the extent of a BN-initiated scandal,” she added, in reference to Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her husband, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

Only RCI can close NFC book, says Pakatan
March 13, 2012 – TMI


NFC chief charged: A victory for the people and PKR but will Umno acquit him after GE-13

At last, Salleh Ismail, the NFC chairman and husband of Umno minister Shahrizat Jalil was charged in the Sessions Court with criminal breach of trust and violating the Companies Act in relation to RM49 million in federal funds given to the National Feedlot Corporation.

However, PKR leaders expressed concern that the case might turn out to be like other high-profile cases in the past that came to nought including those involving former minister Kasitah Gaddam and even ex-Selangor Mentri Besar Khir Toyo.

“Firstly, this is a victory to the people and a tribute to PKR leaders like Rafizi Ramli and Zuraida Kamaruddin, who courageously exposed one crooked deal after another even after Shahrizat slapped on a RM100 defamation suit on them,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

“But because of the past cases, like Perwaja Steel where Eric Chia and even in the Lingam judge-fixing case where they eventually got off lightly, we are of course cautious in our response. Kasitah’s sentence was overturned and does anyone think Khir Toyo has been sufficiently punished? Also, do Malaysians think the courts are places where justice can be meted out after the controversial decisions on theTeoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbaini deathfalls, where the MACC was cleared although the evidence was overwhelming against it?”

After GE-13, Umno may let Salleh off the hook

According to Tian, until the full charges are laid out and Malaysians can see to what extent Salleh will be prosecuted, it was premature to celebrate. He slammed Najib for stage-managing the prosecution to win votes ahead of the 13th general election expected to be held in May or June and to deflect attention from his corruption scandals.

“In fact, we really need to worry even more than before because the case will go to trial only after GE-13 is held. Once that is over, if the Pakatn Rakyat wins, we assure voters we will subject Salleh to the full scrutiny of the law. But for Umno-BN, they may just let Salleh off the hook with a very light sentence. Make no mistake, there is more than meets the eye here, and a deal would surely have been struck in typical Umno style,” said Tian.

NFC chief charged: A victory for the people and PKR but will Umno acquit him after GE-13
12 March 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


Shahrizat’s hubby charged with CBT in NFC scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — Datuk Seri Mohamed Salleh Ismail was charged today in the Sessions Court here with criminal breach of trust and violating the Companies Act in relation to RM49 million in federal funds given to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp).

He pleaded not guilty to the CBT charge as well two counts under the Companies Act in the scandal that has opened Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to damaging attacks ahead of elections expected soon.

The charges were read out to the NFCorp executive chairman as his wife Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil — who was forced to announce yesterday that she would relinquish her Cabinet post next month — sat two rows behind him together with relatives and supporters.

Only one of their three children — Izmir — was present in court.

The other two children — Izran and Izzana — who together with their brother, are directors of the company running the national cattle-farming project, were not present.

It is unclear if they will also face criminal charges.

Shahrizat said yesterday she would step down as minister for women, family and community development when her term as senator ends on April 8 after months of attacks from the opposition.

Shahrizat’s hubby charged with CBT in NFC scandal
March 12, 2012 – TMI


Malaysia’s Cowgate Minister Quits

Women’s minister departs after five-month scandal over misuse of public funds

After months of controversy that have crippled the United Malays National Organization, the country’s biggest political party, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Malaysia’s minister for women, family and community development, has been forced out of her position as a result of what has become known as the “cowgate” scandal.

It was the second major recent announcement of a top official stepping down in the middle of a scandal. Late last week, after months of controversy, Malaysia’s Securities Commission said its embattled chairwoman, Zarinah Anwar, will step down on Mar. 31 in the wake of a blatant conflict of interest involving her husband’s trading in shares (read related story here). Shahrizat’s decision to quit, which takes effect on April 8, was followed with an announcement today that her husband, Mohamed Salleh Ismail, would be charged with criminal breach of trust and violating the Companies Act in relation to RM49 million in federal funds given to the National Feedlot Corporation, a scandal-plagued scheme to slaughter as many as 60,000 cattle per year by halal, or Islamic religious standards. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Shahrizat’s departure “removes a thorn ahead of elections for the Barisan Nasional,” an UMNO insider told Asia Sentinel. Najib’s approval ratings have been driven back up from a low of 59 percent after the government cracked down harshly on civil rights demonstrators in the Bersih 2.0 march last July to 69 percent, according to the latest poll by Malaysia’s Merdeka Center, primarily on a lavish budget that delivered up wage increases and other benefits to the rank and file. Elections are now targeted for either May or June. They must be held before April 2013 “if hopefully nothing else derails that plan,” the source said.

Party reformers were agitating even before the UMNO general assembly in December to push Shahrizat out of the party, saying the depth of the scandal would have a crippling effect on both UMNO and the ruling Barisan Nasional, not least because a scandal over cattle was something their rural constituency could understand in a way they didn’t understand major financial shenanigans.

The party, however, has waffled about pushing her out. In addition to being minister for women and family, Shahrizat is also chairwoman of UMNO Wanita, the women’s wing of the party, which leads the Barisan National, or national ruling coalition. There is considerable speculation that the minister has significant information on other misdoings in the party, and that if she is threatened she would use it.

Malaysia’s Cowgate Minister Quits
12 March 2012 – Asia Sentinel

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