Shahrizat to resign as Minister in April but stays Wanita UMNO Chief(?)


March 11, 2012

Shahrizat to resign as Minister in April but stays Wanita UMNO Chief (?)

by Nigel Aw@http://www.malaysiakini.com

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said today she will cease to be a Cabinet minister after her senatorship term expires in April but will continue as UMNO Wanita Chief and BN Wanita Chief.

The Minister of Women, Family and Community Development said she will submit her resignation letter to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today and her resignation will take effect on April 8, a day before her term in the Dewan Negara expires.

“I have been thinking about this for a long time, I want to do the right thing. And that is to leave my post as a cabinet minister. The time has come,” she said at a function organised by her ministry at Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.

Shahrizat who appeared calm and composed throughout the press conference, stressed that she she will remain in her party positions. “After thinking at length about it, I will continue as UMNO Wanita chief and BN Wanita chief.”

According to reports, Shahrizat had wanted to resign as UMNO Wanita Chief but was convinced otherwise by its members, who had also made an appeal to the Prime Minister. “I want to say clearly, this decision is my own decision,” she said.

Asked if she was a casualty of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, she replied: “I want to say one thing very clearly, that I really have nothing to do with NFC.”

She added that it was coincidence she was married to the NFC chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail. “But as a responsible member of the government, I feel the right thing for me to do is for me to step down graciously,” she said.

The announcement comes four months after the NFC, managed by her family, was accused of misappropriating RM250 million in government soft loans.

Following a series of exposes by PKR that the company had abused its government soft loan by purchasing luxury property and holiday trips, Shahrizat faced mounting calls including from within her party to step down.

Shahrizat’s three children, Wan Shahinur Izran, Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah and Wan Shahinur Izmir are also members of the NFC’s Board of Directors.Queried if she will be contesting in the next general election, she replied: “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.”

Final act

Surrounded by children and with a baby in her arms, Shahrizat thanked the government and her ministry for their support.

“In my ten years of duty leading the ministry and the agencies below it, we have been able to bring changes particularly on matters relating to women, family, disabled persons, children, the elderly, and other issues regarding the welfare of the community,” she said.

Following her low key announcement, Shahrizat said her final act as a cabinet minister would be to engage with NGOs to ensure that the Social Workers Act becomes a reality.

“I am glad that I have been given the chance to serve the people, this has given meaning to my life… it has been a joyful journey and I thank everyone in the ministry,” she said.

A composed Shahrizat was later embraced by her fellow ministry members. Speculation was rife that Najib was to announce Shahrizat’s resignation in Johor yesterday, however, it was reportedly called off as the venue was deemed as improper.

What I think: The Malaysian Insider Comment

MARCH 11 — Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is quitting as minister when her senatorship ends April 8. Why? For the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) which her family runs and is now more about buying properties rather than rearing cows for meat? So what happens to the case? Will the Attorney-General file charges as the Police say there is a case? Shahrizat’s departure doesn’t solve anything until the government throws the book at those who appear to abuse the RM250 million soft loan. Do we have to wait till April 8 for that to happen? http://www.themalaysiainsider.com

42 thoughts on “Shahrizat to resign as Minister in April but stays Wanita UMNO Chief(?)

  1. Shahrizat should resign from her UMNO Wanita and BN Wanita Chief posts as well. And then she should retire from politics. It would be a serious mistake if Najib nominates her as UMNO-BN candidate for GE-13.

    The A-G, in turn, should not play political football with the Police who said that there is enough evidence for charging those involved in NFC, especially its Chairman, with misappropriation of public funds. The rm250 million is intended to finance a National Feedlot project to supply beef to the country.

  2. She is lying through her teeth, typical UMNO Melayu politician. The family would have discussed acquisition of family assets – that run into millions- and for her to say she had nothing to do with that is the most irresponsible statement from a Cabinet minister. If she is not capable of identifying the integrity of public funds provided for a specific purpose, she is not fit even to manage my backyard chicken coop.

    Go cry your heart out as the “victim”. We know your cunning and sly political game.

  3. Shahrizat makes a preemptive move because she knows that it will be a political suicide if Najib extends her senatorship. Tak malu, she wants to remain Wanita UMNO chief ,purportedly because members wanted her to remain. Anak mami sudah lah tu.

    Time to charge her husband, Dato Dr. Salleh for abuses in NFC. Mr A-G, what are you waiting for? Yes, don’t play political football with the Police. And MACC (Abu Kassim), as usual, you can’t investigate a Minister and hence you are as silent as a mouse.

  4. So Sharizat Abdul Jalil is now about ready to ride into the sunset on the back of her ‘lembu’. There is more than meets the eye here. Does this mean husband and sons will not now be prosecuted for alleged breaches of trust?? So do not uncork that bottle of champagne just yet !

  5. Do you guys realize that Din’s blog has been inundated with a lot of ‘Singhs’ lately. There is Jastwant Singh looking for just that one opportunity to make a difference. Then there is Goolbatok Singh forever looking over his shoulder.Now there is Gurubachan Singh ready to teach readers what they already know.

  6. I think the tipping point was Kazakhstan. Toldja Central Asia’s where human follies lie.

    FLOM must have been furious! Imagine the temerity of buying a minuscule !,7 mil property in Almaty.., even if it was meant to be a ‘wedding present’. So what, if it was money laundering in Singapore or Condos to the left, right and center or even a clutch of unrentable Office suites..? That is Mr Sharizat’s and Kiddy Sharizeets prerogative, but no way a cheap-skate apartment in the precincts near the magnificent Tian Shan!

  7. It is obvious that Malaysia’s lady of ill-repute is forced to take the fall so as to save the party. But as someone who is not an officer and holds no position of trust in NFCorp as a lawyer she knows they cannot even begin to make a case against her. It is obvious that she must have struck a bargain with the wannabe puppet master. You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you what that bargain is – immunity from prosecution for her family.

  8. What do you mean as a lawyer she knows they cannot even begin to make a case against her…..Bean?
    All legal matters of NFC was by Shahrizat & Co. Is there such a law firm?

  9. ” Time to charge the husband … “- ahmadi

    Not only the overpaid cowdung headed husband , but also the cowdung headed loud mouth children.

  10. She did quite well in her ministry just like her Wanita UMNO predecessor in MITI.

    However, both succumbed to the pervasive corruption and abuse of power that now defined UMNO-BN.

  11. And the Prime Minister says , ” Shahrizat sacrificed herself ” ! … 🙂

    Christ , looks like this cowdung head family gets to keep the rm250,000,000.
    _____________
    Why Christ? Rubiah. Why not torn between two lovers. Isn’t this a National Dilemma, to prosecute or not to prosecute that is the question?–Din Merica

  12. if by any means they can have it their way , those anak mami aligned umno boys would not hesitate to squeeze the Auditor General’s balls till it burst for initiating their electoral plans to go haywire… In the eye of the public no right minded civil servant could possibly carry out his/her sworn duty without inviting the irk of the political masters. And this probably is the begining of the end for BN. Unless , of course they are able to sell that melted down gauntlet as silver to atleast 60% of the electorates

  13. Looks like everyone here has been fooled by Sharizat.
    Come on, what did she resign from? In fact her ministerial duties (and senator ship) officially expires on April 9. Like or not she is jobless the next day.
    So what responsibility is she taking for by ‘resigning’?

    It is like a civil servant threatening to resign from his job on the very last day of his retirement date.

  14. Scarlet,

    It is time of the year when our Sikh brothers are getting excited, particularly with the appointment of Dr. Ranjit Ajit Singh as Chairman of our Securities Commission. That is okay. Only don’t let the Kaurs go wild. Already one Kaur (Kavita) is controlling Selangor. Praise be to Guru Nanak.

  15. Whaddya talkin’ about, Sam 01?
    It’s good that she didn’t resign as Wanita chief! Now that is one heck of a humongous cow patty er.., albatross on UMNO’s neck. Even every blind, invalid uncle, aunty, pak cik, mak cik etc can continue to take pot-shots at it. Guarantee a head shot! The factions in Wanita are quite fun to watch. Sometimes people don’t recognize good tidings when they see One!

  16. I remember the same thing happened when Rafidah gave a press statement n she cried right on national TV,the funny thing is,my wife commented at her huge diamond ring she was wearing,much bigger than
    FLOM’s 24 million thingy,these guys will never change,it’s been with them for upteen years that their skin is so thick,what’s so funny is ,UMNO’s ordinary members took it in Lock Stock & Barrel,bodoh mcm lembu,infact
    the lembu’s are better off,at least living in Bangsar upmarket condo,siol betul.

  17. Komen di padam.

    Laa haula walaa quw wata illaa billa hil ‘aliy yil ‘azhiim.

    Astaghfirullah………
    Apa yang saya fahami ,fahaman ahli sunnah waljamaah adalah fahaman yang sederhana ,tidak ektremist apatah lagi membuat tuduhun liar ( terhadap Dr. Kam ) yang tak berasas , membuat hakim sendiri seperti menghukum , memfitnah  dan sebagainya,  kesalahan itu adalah merupakan persangka buruk dan songsang dari ajaran daripada fahaman Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama‘ah , bukan begitukah Makcik?

    Haram memberi kesaksian tanpa mengetahui dengan jelas. Allah swt menegaskan:

    “Melainkan orang yang mengakui yang haq, sedangkan mereka mengetahui (dengan jelas).” (Az-Zukhruf: 86) bukan tujuan saya memberi ceramah ugama, tetapi sebagai manusia, saya perlu menegur keterlaluan Makcik ini — Din Merican

  18. Komen di padam . Ini siaran ulangan. Kalau tak faham juga, kesian…

    Laa haula walaa quw wata illaa billa hil ‘aliy yil ‘azhiim.

    Astaghfirullah………
    Apa yang saya fahami ,fahaman ahli sunnah waljamaah adalah fahaman yang sederhana ,tidak ektremist apatah lagi membuat tuduhun liar ( terhadap Dr. Kam ) yang tak berasas , membuat hakim sendiri seperti menghukum , memfitnah  dan sebagainya,  kesalahan itu adalah merupakan persangka buruk dan songsang dari ajaran daripada fahaman Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama‘ah , bukan begitukah Makcik?

    Haram memberi kesaksian tanpa mengetahui dengan jelas. Allah swt menegaskan:

    “Melainkan orang yang mengakui yang haq, sedangkan mereka mengetahui (dengan jelas).” (Az-Zukhruf: 86) bukan tujuan saya memberi ceramah ugama, tetapi sebagai manusia, saya perlu menegur keterlaluan Makcik ini — Din Merican

  19. “All legal matters of NFC was by Shahrizat & Co. Is there such a law firm?” — timur

    Have I missed anything? I believe you’re referring to Shahrizat, Rashid & Lee? Is the former Chief Justice still partner there? I believe this former CJ has been suitably rewarded (read: silenced) by a lucrative contract recently.

    It would be more useful to look at the firm of accountants handling NFC’s accounts since the issue is the network of seemingly unrelated financial transactions between three or four companies related by director shareholdings operating like a partnership of individuals who are members of one family rather than a corporate entity.

    Look to conflict of interests.

    If you can get her on anything, it would probably be on the issue of abuse and corruption as a Minister. She is not alone. UMNO bigwigs are involved and they are not about to go down with her. So they are cutting her loose but not before cutting a deal. I don’t need to be an insider to know that. I sense that. But to get a conviction on a slew of charges, you will need irrefutable proof. It is easier to focus on a few and those few would be against NFC’s directors for breach of their fiduciary duties.

  20. Malaysian taxpayers are again being screwed big time! She is resigning simply because she and the PM know the renewal of her tenure as a senator is not possible without creating another major storm. So, she conveniently announces a “rewignation”, and I am sure, after meeting the key players in the party to secure some kind of deal most likely extracting promise from the party not to touch her family and to guarantee immunity.

    She will continue to stick to her posts in the UMNO Wanita at least for a while to ensure the people she had struck the deal with stick to the agreed terms lest they get pressured by the continued pressure to prosecute the family.

    Once again, the Malaysian people have been butt hurt bad by the leadership and left thirsting for actions but see nothing coming except some “negotiated solutions” to save the skins of all involved. Life goes on for these Malaysians who just stupidly continue to slog for a living and pay their taxes – while the leaders continue to rob and steal and pillage and make deals!

    For fcuking sake Malaysians, make the change or go on living a fcuking live as a lowly specie! Niamah poot!

  21. If you know Shahrizat from university days, you must know that she will never go without a bang ! The only person who could give her a good bang is Tok Cik.


  22. ___________
    Hang Mongkut Bean,

    She should have won an Oscar this year in stead of Meryl Streep for her performance. The theme of this youtube clip should be “TEMBAK”. –Din Merican

  23. Greenbug,

    There is no way for her husband to escape being charged for CBT. It is politically suicidal for Najib and UMNO-BN.They will go through the motions of a trial and then the Lembu court will find that the prosecution (the DPPs in A-G’s Office) has not proven beyond any reasonable doubt that Dato Dr. Salleh Ismail, the man with a doctorate from Cornell, Ithaca, New York, committed CBT.

    All transactions are legitimate because there are board resolutions for the purchase of condos and other assets with proper authorisation for ownership of these to be in the name of Shahrizat and family. That is what I think is most likely to happen.

    Alternatively, the all powerful A-G will make a lesser charge so that the NFC chairman gets away with a small fine, or he may decide after receiving a ‘revised’ Police investigation report that Dato Dr. Salleh has no case to anwer. Please note that the MACC is not involved in this case because an UMNO minister is implicated or because NFC scandal is not a corruption case.

    When the MACC is not involved, you can already guess what is likely to happen. Yes, she was interviewed by the MACC over a cup of coffee or tea. Do we know the details of her MACC interview? Not even a whisper about it.Perhaps, she was given some assurance by the top honcho in the MACC (YB Menteri, jangan bimbang, relax saja. Bisa diatur lah dan tahu sama tahu TST) So, Shahrizat gets a gift of rm250 million from taxpayers for her years of sterling service to a very grateful nation plus her pension as MP and Senator! After this, she may be given a Tan Sri title (PMN or PSM?) next June, only 3 months away.

    How not to be cynical, having seen how things are done in BolehLand to protect UMNO ministers and cronies. The ordinary Policeman goes to jail for taking a rm50 from an errant driver, not these bigwigs who steal big money from our national coffers.That is Justice for you.–Din Merican

  24. “I (Shahrizat Abdul Jalil) want to say one thing very clearly, that I really have nothing to do with NFC. She added that it was coincidence she was married to the NFC chairperson.”

    True. If this had come from si rusa I would believe. But this woman is a lawyer and understands the conflict of law rules. If you swim with the sharks expected to be bitten. No one is indispensable; she certainly is expendable.

  25. So what’s she gonna do now that she is out of a job? Go back to her legal career? Best she opens Emperor’s Club and recruit Najib as Client no. 9.

  26. These umno crooks are like cockroaches ….they can survive an atomic blasts and you will them crawling. Nothing changes with them….looks like semua okay with them !

  27. Terima Kasih ya Din kerana khutbah Ahad tu. Sama Kasih ya Din. Tapi komen Makchik tentang kak Ijat didelete. Tiba-tiba Din keluarkan nas sahih pulak. Pandai rupanya Din tentang ugama. Makchik tak tinggi mengaji.

    —-
    Daripada menyibuk tak tentu hala kat sini, belajar dulu apa perbezaan diantara nas, hadis dan ayat Quran.—- Din Merican

  28. Whichever way one looks at it, it is Corruption, corruption in the widest sense.
    She was ( or she still is ) a Minister when she had used her official post & position for her private advantage, in getting the ‘ nod ‘ from the Pee-M and the then Agricultural Minister for the Lembu project of her own family.

    The Authorities are veering away from this, by defdlecting public scrutiny, in classifying the case as CBT by her Husband, of which we are still uncertain of an impending action, if ever there is going to be a charge proffered – which may be unlikely….

    If they both get away from these, how can there be Tracing of properties & assets, and the Govt Authorities must surely be treated as co=participants in this Unjust Enrichment scheme to embezzle public funds ?

    Btw, is’nt 1st of April the April Fool’s day ?

  29. “So what’s she gonna do now that she is out of a job?” – Mr Bean

    Emperor’s Club is just peanuts for people like Shahrizat. Maybe more for entertaining ex thieves in arms FOC.

    Chairmanships and directorships in GLCs are aplenty. Just pick a few for old times’ sake. If she still wants a government post; maybe appointed as adviser with ministerial status, for cow breeding projects.

    Aiseh…. don’t worry so much for her future. She is already set for life unlike most Malaysians who are ecstatic just to get BR1M !!

  30. Bean, the lembu jantan in the herd is taking care of her. I have no more use for this anak mami. She’s good as gone.

  31. We don’t want crooks just to take leave but must be made to pay for the consequences of their actions. Right now she is concerned of damage to her public persona. Obviously she will not end her public career with a whimper but a bang and therefore we are counting on you, Tok Cik to deliver that big bang.

  32. UMNO politicians don’t know shame and don’t know when they are no longer needed. They should just leave and don’t even bother looking back. Shahrizat is behaving just like the other has been like Thamby Chik, Isa Samad, Toyol, Mat Tyson and the likes. UMNO needs to develop and nourish the next level of leaders and give them an opportunity. Retire those with tarnished image and put them out to pasture or join the lembus in their condos in Bangsar, Singapore and Kazakhstan.

  33. You said it all, Semper – but these thick-skinned slimy sleuthering sloths will never get your message into their thick heads….. O ya…they are sloths….

  34. You said it all, Semper – but these thick-skinned slimy sleuthering sloths will never get your message into their thick heads….. O ya…they are sloths….

    The other thing, these sloths are Tun Mahathir’s pets ( no i don’t mean pests ), so they should be in their cages in the Zoooo…..

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