Shahrizat cleared by MACC: That’s a Foregone Conclusion


May 31, 2012

Shahrizat cleared by MACC: That’s a Foregone Conclusion

It pays to be a Member of UMNO Kleptocracy of Good Standing

Former Women and Family Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has been cleared of having had a hand in awarding the multi-million ringgit National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project to her family members.

“We found that Shahrizat was not involved in the process – in awarding the project to the company and the RM250 million loan,” Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) operations review panel chief Hadenan Abdul Jalil said today.

The NFC has been accused of mismanaging the loan. Shahrizat’s husband Mohamed Salleh Ismail is the company’s chairperson with her children its directors.

Speaking on the matter briefly, Hadenan said the panel has decided to wrap up the matter.

Shahrizat relinquished her ministerial post on the expiry of her senatorship on April 8, but decided to continue as the Wanita UMNO Head and Wanita Barisan Nasional (BN) head.

She has repeatedly claimed she had nothing to do with the controversies surrounding the company and its management of the loans.

The project, meant to reduce Malaysia’s dependence on beef imports, received a negative assessment in the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 as being very far off-target. NFC has also been accused of abusing its government soft loan for the cattle breeding and beef supply project on purchases unrelated to the project.

In March, Salleh, 64, was finally charged with misappropriating RM9,758,140 to fund the purchase of two condominiums  at One Menerung’ in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

The trial begins on November 5.

–by S. Pathmawathy@www.malaysiakini.com

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Note: The RM250 million publicly-funded cattle-raising scheme was first coined a “mess” in an article in English daily The Star after it made it into the pages of the Auditor-General’s 2010 Report for failing to meet production targets. The term was later repeated by other media organisations to describe NFCorp after PKR launched a series of exposés to show that the project’s funds had been allegedly abused.

The company’s assets were frozen after investigations were launched by the police and the national anti-graft body following the revelations.

Shahrizat’s  husband Dato Dr. Mohamed Salleh bin Ismail was charged with criminal breach of trust and violating the Companies Act in relation to RM49 million in federal funds given to NFCorp last March 12.

The 64-year-old was charged under the Penal Code relating to CBT for misappropriating RM9,758,140 from NFCorp’s funds to purchase two condominium units at the One Menerung complex in Bangsar for the National Meat and Livestock Corporation (NMLC) on December 1 and December 4, 2009. He was also charged with transferring RM40 million of NFCorp’s funds to the NMLC between May 6 and November 16, 2009.

He was further charged in both cases for using the said funds without any approval from company’s annual general meeting, which is an offence the Companies Act.

If found guilty, he faces between two and 20 years’ imprisonment, whipping, and a fine for the offences under the Penal Code. Dr. Mohamad Salleh also faces a five-year jail term or RM30,000 fine for the charges proffered under the Companies Act.

He pleaded not guilty to the CBT charge as well as 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 that must be called by March next year.

 

 

16 thoughts on “Shahrizat cleared by MACC: That’s a Foregone Conclusion

  1. Just like Mahathir gave clean bill of health to that Indian Samy Velu in spite of overwhelming circumstantial evidence being publicly available.

  2. So, it looks like she will be contesting as a BN candidate again at GE 13. What rubbish is this!
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    She has been cleared and becomes a winnable UMNO-BN candidate for GE-13. She has Rosie to thank for this escape.–Din Merican

  3. she, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, was also cleared of stealing two pencils, she took it with her absent mindedly, said the MACC’s Operations Review Panel Chief Hadenan Abdul Jalil at the news conference!

    if BN is overthrown by PR in ‘GE13’ then they’ll be found guilty if not they’ll be free as birds to fly all over and enjoy the money of the taxpayers.

    the cows are already celebrating;

  4. Is she stands and gets elected in the GE13 is test on the inteliigence of the Malaysian Rakyat. It bis the moral stauture of the bpublic that will be under scrutiny, not of the corrupted ones.

  5. Oh you mean she was cleared by MACC today? Why does it take that long afterall every single Malaysian (except for Adam Abdullah and Mak Chik of course) expected this anyway…

  6. Sharizat cleared of involvement in award of NFC loan to family,what about her involvement in the abuses relating to the usage of the NFC loan by the family ? And how expeditiously MACC is acting following RPK’s revelations on Azmin’s antics during the time Anwar was DPM and when Mahathir was the lead plunderer. Convenient distraction in typical UMNO style, as NAJIB’S corruption and murder ( Altantuya/ Scorpene saga) makes the headlines in Bangkok , but zero coverage in MSM in Malaysia !!

  7. How did a Minister and her family become beneficiaries of a public project that they had no experience in and given millions of taxpayer money to use and later misappropriates? Unless of course being related to a ‘doktor binatang’ is deemed a qualification and appears on their CV. But wasn’t this the same ‘doktor binatang’ turned catttle baron of sorts, the failed property developer who was adjudicated a bankrupt but managed to fraudalently transfer all his assets to his secretary and driver putting everything he had out of reach of the trustee in bankruptcy? Yes, that’s right. That born in Penang ‘Made-in-Pahang’ Dato who lived atop a hill in a white bungalow with rooms to spare, who later purchased property and established a residence in Down Under and which later became his domiciliary? That one. Yes.

    But if this is all you guys had on this cow gal to make her guilty of the crime of association, then bad luck to you guys. You got what you deserved and as they say, deserved what you got. Accept it. She is not guilty of a crime she was never charged with. Try something different.

    She has been exonerated of all crimes past, present and future by the national investigative agency accountable only to the Prime Minster, who belongs to the same political body which has deemed it fit to grant her and her family the license to cheat taxpayers of their hardearned money.

    But that’s not all the juicy details you gonna hear folks! There are more coming your way. I get word from the Washington D.C. grapevine that she has been given the franchise to operate the Emperors Club VIP in your neck of the woods.

  8. She has been cleared and becomes a winnable UMNO-BN candidate for GE-13. She has Rosie to thank for this escape.–Din Merican

    As a magistrate, she escaped by climbing out through a window of a judge’s ‘chamber’ as the wife walked in through the front door, She has come a long way since then. Today she walks out the front door thumbing her nose at all and sundry.

  9. I don’t think any of us are surprised by MACC conclusion. This only reinforce our view about BN and UMNO. I am surprise is the sudden surface of Azmin Ali corruption evidence at this moment. Then again why not. This would be a good time for divert our focus towards Azmin Ali.

  10. We knew the outcome right from the beginning – no need for a crystal ball to show us that it was all wayang kulit. “She has been exonerated of all crimes past, present and future” – beautifully put, scarlet pimpernel!

  11. “We knew the outcome right from the beginning – no need for a crystal ball ..” — Sally

    With all the balls they chose to dangle in front of Ambiga who is unfazed by it all, who needs a ball made of crystal??

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