In about face, MACC now says probing NFC

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
The Malaysian Insider
Dec 22, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announced today it is investigating allegations surrounding the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), despite previously saying it would not probe the matter.

The MACC earlier referred the case to the police, who are now conducting an investigation into possible criminal breach of trust.

But in a statement today, the commission revealed that a special team headed by MACC investigations director Datuk Haji Mustafar Ali has been formed to investigate claims of misappropriation of NFC funds.

“The commission would like to stress that the collection of evidence and testimony has begun since the issue was reported in the Auditor-General’s 2010 report and appropriate action has already been taken on issues raised (in the report),” it said, without detailing the commission’s actions so far.

The statement confirmed the receipt of the latest report concerning the NFC, but said the commission could not divulge any details of the on-going investigation.

Following a series of exposés on the scandal-hit NFC project, PKR yesterday renewed demands for the country’s graft busters to investigate the government-funded scheme for abuse.

The party’s representatives had lodged another report at the MACC office in Shah Alam, and submitted details of what they claim to be evidence of wrongdoing.

PKR first latched onto the issue after the RM250 million federally-funded cattle project made it into the pages of the Auditor-General’s report for 2010, which described the NFC as “a mess”.

Since then, the party has made several revelations related to the scandal, including the NFC’s purchase of twin multi-million luxury condominium units in Bangsar, the alleged use of project funds to finance Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil and her family’s personal expenses and trips abroad, the transfer of resources to unrelated companies in Singapore, as well as the purchase a Mercedes-Benz CLS350 for RM534,622 and two plots of land in Putrajaya’s Precinct 10 for RM3,363,507.

The latest disclosure by PKR, made on Tuesday, alleged that some RM10 million was diverted towards the purchase of luxury condominium unit in Singapore for Shahrizat’s family.

Shahrizat has sought to deflect away attention by stating she “is only the wife” of the national cattle farming project’s chairman.

The women, family and community development minister said “legally and professionally, I am not involved in the NFC.”

The Wanita Umno chief has faced growing calls to quit as minister from within Umno, including from influential former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, after repeated attacks from the opposition over the project awarded to her husband and three children, who are directors in the NFC.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 1:37 pm

    It is obvious that MACC is under pressure from its political masters to probe NFC because of impending GE13.

    In flip-flop Bolihland, not only we have a flip-flop PM but we also have a flip-flop institution.

  2. #2 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 1:42 pm

    When Lee Kuan Yew was PM of S’pore, one of his ministers was found to be corrupt. Rather than face the shame and public scorn, he committed suicide.

    AQny Malaysian minister wants to commit suicide? Hmmmmm…? No, Malaysian corrupt ministers have a party…..a whale of a time…..a celebration of ingenuity….a disregard for PDRM, MACC & an emasculated judiciary….. fun & frolick, casinos and carousel, utterly cock-a-hoop, senselessly cockamamie, plenty of cock-and-bull….and top it off with cows and condos and unexplained donations into bank accounts (Awang Adek says it is for social programmes)…wonderful, socially responsible ministers……..

  3. #3 by Godfather on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 2:01 pm

    My pharmacist friend says that the price of probes just went up. Now the probes used on Saifool are being recycled to be used on Shahrizat and Awang Adek.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 2:54 pm

    This is nothing new.
    MACC takes orders from UMNO b…to ignore or take actions.
    MACC is not for the People.
    MACC is UMNO b stooge.

  5. #5 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 3:11 pm

    First pass the responsibility to Police.
    And now…will investigate.
    MACC has no good reputation what soever as an Independent Investigating Agency.
    It supports UMNO b politics….at their command.
    All Najib needs is appoint to two top men to toe the line….and that’s what we get…what we see.
    Change the Govt…replace the MACC heads..and restore the real functions of what MACC really is.
    No way….under UMNO b government.
    These few MACC chiefs are such selfish buggers…caring for their cozy jobs…. more than the People.
    They have no dignities not principles in life.
    These are a bunch of chosen sickening low class..

  6. #6 by artemisios on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 3:11 pm

    we all know where this “investigation” will lead to.

    Seems that macc’s motto is “without fear, without favour, without ever… catching the big burglar”.

  7. #7 by Loh on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 3:28 pm

    The project funds look like a lottery win. Who wouldn’t use the money the way it had gone when it is free? The probe should also be on how and why the project was given, and why there is no accountability on the project and the disbursement of funds according to project’s budget line. The project is just an excuse for giving out government funds, just like employment for most, in the civil service, was to have an account number for making monthly payment

  8. #8 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 6:25 pm

    The only thing macc will probe is the cow’s @ss.

  9. #9 by rockdaboat on Thursday, 22 December 2011 - 9:58 pm

    By its handling of the NFL issue, MACC has become a laughing stock!

    It’s credibility = 0.

  10. #10 by baby-putra on Sunday, 25 December 2011 - 5:55 am

    For oppositions, ARREST first and take time to investigate.For BN & cronies, Investigate first and made no arrest. This our MACC operates.
    Every department is at it, every BN has their problems
    ministry of sport, $5.66m for 23 horses
    ministry of tourism, $1.8m for facebook
    ministry of health, $47.22m for hospital info sys that does not work.
    ministry of defence, $1600m for 16 army tanks.
    ministry of education, $1700m overpent
    ministry for marine, $56m paid for $17m goods
    Ministry of…….many more unaccountable for
    Free gravey trains for all BN bosses take the monnies and run before BN lose the next election.

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