February 2, 2012
Rafidah to Shahrizat: Just Go
UMNO Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has been told to resign from all her party and government posts – by none other than her predecessor and archrival Rafidah Abdul Aziz.
In an interview published by The Malay Mail today, the former international trade and industry minister makes an obvious reference to Shahrizat and tells her, “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.”
In the damning interview, Rafidah (right) also slammed the women, family and community development minister for referring any decision to quit on her part to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“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.”
Shahrizat has been under fire for her family’s involvement in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, where the company was awarded a RM250 million government soft loan to develop the cattle industry.
Opponents, especially PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli, have alleged that NFC used its funds for unrelated expenditures. Shahrizat has denied any involvement in NFC and her family members have denied any wrongdoing by the company.
Responding to The Malay Mail interview with Rafidah, UMNO Cheras division head Syed Ali Alhabshee expressed support for Rafidah’s suggestion and reiterated his call for Shahrizat’s resignation