NFC Executive Chairman Questioned by The Police

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 23, 2011

NFC Executive Chairman Questioned by The Police

by The Malaysian Insider

National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) executive chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail is among “more than three to four people” whose statements have been taken by the police as part of its probe into possible criminal breach of trust involving the RM250 million cattle venture.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar  said Salleh’s statement was recorded by the Bukit Aman commercial crime department investigators yesterday.

Bernama Online quoted Ismail as saying the investigations were proceeding smoothly since the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) referred the case to the police, a few days ago.

“More than three to four people were called in to facilitate investigations. Mohamad Salleh came to the Commercial Crime Department yesterday to get his statement recorded.

“The police are probing the matter from all angles,” he told reporters after attending the opening of the new Selangor Police contingent headquarters by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, near here today.

Saying he had heard many versions of the story, Ismail said the public should refrain from speculating on the case.“Please do not speculate. We must be fair to all parties here as the case  is still being investigated at an initial stage,” he said.

The NFC has been dogged by allegations of corruption and fund misappropriation after it made it into the pages of the Auditor-General’s Report for 2010, which described the project “as a mess”.

Among others, PKR has alleged that the NFC funds were used for Federal Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil’s personal expenses and that of her family, as well as to buy multimillion-ringgit condominium units at the luxurious One Menerung in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Shahrizat’s husband and NFC boss, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail, finally emerged last week in the face of the attacks to break his family’s silence in the matter, and moved to defend the purchase of the condo as well as deny the alleged failure of the project.

PKR scoffed at Mohamad Salleh’s remarks, saying he had failed to deny a single allegation and had merely offered explanations for the many discrepancies involving the NFC.

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar has denied  the NFC was ever discussed in Cabinet, claiming it was handled by the Cabinet Committee for High-Impact Projects, which was then chaired by Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

PKR had alleged on Monday that the funds meant for the NFC were used to fund umrah packages and set up two Singapore-based companies, both owned by Senator Shahrizat’s family.

Party leaders claimed to have proof that Mohamad Salleh had ordered payment of RM31,580 to be made for his haj pilgrimage and that of his son Wan Shahinur Izran Mohamad Salleh in 2010.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, who is also Machang MP, had urged the police and the PAC to probe all transactions between the NFC and the National Meat and Livestocks Corporation (NMLC) and Real Food Company (RFC). Both NMLC and RFC are majority owned by Mohamad Salleh and his children Izran and Izmir.

He said this was because financial records showed that Singapore-based firms Global Biofuture Pte Ltd and Meatworks Singapore Pte Ltd, both of which are also owned by Shahrizat’s family, currently have debts with the RFC.

As at June 2010, he said, Global Biofuture, which ran a food and fuel business, owed RFC RM939,495.In the same period, Meatworks, a luxury restaurant chain, was found to be owing RFC RM2,416,815, he added.

17 thoughts on “NFC Executive Chairman Questioned by The Police

  1. Agri Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar denied that the NFC was ever discussed in Cabinet, claiming it was handled by the Cabinet Committee for High-Impact Projects, which was then chaired by Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

    Now we know why PM Najib has been extremely silent over the NFC scandal. PM Najib please at least once do a job proper. Remember that you, Najib, had taken an oath when you sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country in front of DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong.

  2. Najib and oath? Oats may be but oath? This fella has broken his promises not once but several times. The only oath he has ever made is to remain true to Fat Mama. That too he finds hard to keep…

  3. “..payment of RM31,580 to be made for his haj pilgrimage and that of his son..”

    What i can’t fathom is the use of Corporate money (Taxpayer’s, in this case), to go on a very personal, yet essential, mandated religious pilgrimage. I mean, this must be the abyss of entitlement, depravity and hypocrisy – otherwise “pilgrimage” takes on a new meaning.

    Any thoughts about these pilgrimages, esp the one where our Min of Defense hopped on a private jet to Mecca? Or did PM with FLOM, use public funds to do the same? Also all those mosque officials from Selangor who were fortunately and miraculously similarly subsidized. What happened to Tabung Haji? Anybody audits the accounts? So much for ‘stoning the devil’.

    Real paragons of virtue, these flurs – i wouldn’t wanna be caught dead in the cemetery with them – they’re worse than dirt. And yet they accuse the Christians for ‘proselytizing’! Can i ask for a simple favor from the Authorities then? A Legal pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Bethany? I will pay the way myself, even if it busts my bank. No?

  4. Najib went to stone the devil but the devil stoned him back with NFC upon his return. The Saudi government had to have extra security personnel to guard Najib and group because the Malaysian hajis might mistake Najib and group as the Jamrah and threw stones at them instead.

    I wonder how tasty is the beef served at this luxury restaurant? Is the Gemas Gold better than the Wagyu Will give it a try next week in KL

  5. Latest I hear is that Sharizat has tasted Kobe beef and is hooked on it. She says it beats pisang ambon, boleh di pegang jangan di makan. This one boleh di makan selepas di pegang.

    You missed Black Friday.

  6. The NFC Cowgate must be dealt with firmly and without compromise. No one should be allowed to misuse public funds. Good governance is the way forward towards 2020, as my good friend PAC Chairman, Dato Seri Azmi Khalid said. Let us hope the Police will be thorough in their investigation and ensure that those responsible for this mess bear the full brunt of the law. The Attorney-General should not NFA the matter just because a Government Minister is involved.

    The Auditor-General’s report must be taken seriously. I remember how the late Tun Ismail Mohamed Ali, the legendary Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia reacted to even minor comments from the Auditor-General. He would convene a special meeting each year to discuss the Bank’s budget and address issues raised by the Auditor-General on the Bank’s operations.It was always a tough session for all of us as senior officers of the Bank. But that is the way to manage and ensure accountability. It was a no nonsense management from the toughest manager I have had the privilege to serve. Tan Sri Aziz Taha continued the tradition.

    The civil service has become so inept that it is today a national embarrassment. There is no sense of shame.I wonder what this KSN as head of the civil service is doing about this state of affairs, apart from sucking up to the politicians in power. If he cannot perform, then he should not lobby for an extension o his contract, and then spend the remainder of his days playing golf at the Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam and the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. In a corporation, he would have been fired. But in Malaysia, he would likely be Chairman and director of a few GLCs upon end of his tenure as KSN.–Din Merican

  7. The NFC Cowgate must be dealt with firmly and without compromise. No one should be allowed to misuse public funds. — Dato Din Merican

    They got everything to lose. For that if for nothing else, it will not see the light of day in court. It will go the way the others have gone. This government is not about to dig its own grave.

  8. All countires are open to abuse of power. M’sia is not the only one , take heart. What we need is a strong incorruptible system of checks and balances.

  9. “But in Malaysia, he would likely be Chairman and director of a few GLCs upon end of his tenure as KSN” Din Merican

    This is the culture in Bolehland. I was at RPGC yesterday and on my table was the former SS. He behaves and acts like he’s still the boss. Can’t blame him because the club staff and those around him treat him like one.

  10. Ah.. yes Dato, this particular KSN has a wonderful exit strategy and Sime D. is probably one of them. The financial under-sights are getting worse, day by day and all ministries. It’s related to the desperate need to refill political war-chests, besides personal booties. Pragmatism (i.e Corruption) has beaten ‘Procedure’, thus Accountability to the floor.

    Personal fiefdoms are on the rise. Warlords are shooting for the Stars, besides accosting starlets. Frankly, it has never been worse even during Octo’s time. It’s boils down to “Lembekness” and need to “Relak”..!

    In case Tok Cik is wondering about the efficacy and utility of ‘Entitlement’, it is in-bred and secondary to Carma. Scratch the surface of flunkies and zombies, feudalism is just beneath the epidermis. That’s why they scrape and genuflect while wearing their Zegnas and Birkins. The typical Malay’s ‘kampungness’ requires another 2 generations of urbanization before all this can be discarded. Modernity and Malayness are incompatible, according to both UMNO and PAS calculations.

  11. “All countires are open to abuse of power. M’sia is not the only one .. ” Kathy

    The fact that Malaysia is only one of many does not make it less of a crime. Where you find power, you find abuse (of power) because one is the corollary of the other and cannot exist independently of each other. Needless to say, the doctrine of separation of powers and the system of checks and balances is acknowledgment of the attributes of power i.e. power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  12. This case has brought deep resentment towards the government.It raised more questions than answers on why such loan was given and why no guidance was given to the borrower on its utilisation.Its a shame that this family was given such high privilege by the government while Sabahans are feeding themselves from hand to mouth daily due to their poor finances and high prices of daily essentials.

    Shahrizat and family not only benefit millions but are able to eat delicious meat everyday free of charge.Just imagine the disparity created by the government.The elites in UMNO secured millions by way of handouts such as multi-million projects and multi-million dollars loan.For us the rakyat it is $100 ringgit to buy our children books and uniforms. Goes to show how cheap we the rakyat can be.

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