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January 14, 2012

Curtains for Shahrizat? Forced to take leave after damning email against husband

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Curtains for Shahrizat? Forced to take leave after damning email against husbandWong Choon Mei

It looks like the curtains for Umno minister Shahrizat Jaili. A three-week emergency leave she requested from Prime Minister Najib Razak is likely to turn permanent as news emerge that a top official at the National Feedlot Corporation run by her husband had paid money to a ‘Datuk Fixit’ to influence a police probe into corruption at the cattle breeding company.

Already speculation is swirling that the official may be her husband, the NFC executive chairman Salleh Ismail. A harried Shahrizat had declined to comment when chased by reporters this afternoon.

“No, no, no, excuse me,” Shahrizat, who is also the Wanita Umno chief, had said when asked about claims made by PKR leaders that they had proof – in the form of an email – that there had indeed been ‘hanky-panky’ at the NFC.

Being chased out now

The email was written by Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas, a prominent civil society leader and  a member in the advisory board of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.

In his email, Megat wrote of how an NFC lawyer had told him of an NFC official had been tricked into paying money to a “conman”, believed to be Shamsubahrin Ismail who is also known by his nickname of “Datuk Fixit” to allegedly influence ongoing investigations by the police.

“The situation looks very serious for Shahrizat. Obviously, there is a lot of explaining to do and it is good that she takes a breather while investigations are carried out. But this is not the end of it. Najib must do more to protect NFC assets,” PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

“Without jumping to conclusions on who this NFC official is, the writing has been on the wall for Shahrizat for a while now. She is dealing with hardened crocodiles within her own Umno party, so she should know and not try to negotiate too much because these are dangerous people. They think she is a liability to Umno in the 13th general election and therefore they will stop at nothing to force her resignation.”

Jigsaw pieces coming together

Indeed, Shahrizat had tried to fight back in a bid to claw some space for her children who also work in the project to raise local beef supply in the country to 40% of total demand.

In what was widely seen as an indirect threat to expose her Umno colleagues, she had told the press words to the effect, ‘who in Umno does not have problems’ – referring to the corruption and abuse of power cases that the ruling party is notorious for.

However, it looks like the latest revelation from the PKR, which showed the email to a press conference earlier this afternoon, has hit bulls-eye. Datuk Fixit was arrested last month and his remand extended for trying to bribe cops investigating the RM250 million NFC debacle.

At that time, there was no news that Datuk Fixit had been paid or hired to do so by a ‘top NFC official’. Shahrizat’s husband, Salleh, had even said the “Datuk Fixit” was neither a relative nor has he ever been an NFC employee.

But now, slowly but surely the jigsaw puzzle is starting to fit and a clearer picture beginning to emerge.

Among the allegations against Shahrizat’s husband and children are that they had squandered RM188 million of the RM250 million government soft loan on non-cattle-farming-related items such as purchasing 2 luxury condos in Bangsar and one in Singapore, high-end residential land in Putrajaya, a super-class Mercedes Benz, million-ringgit discounts and cash transfers  to family-owned restaurants that also bought beef from NFC.

“I hope the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be able to investigate whether or not I was involved in any of the decisions made by the government on the NFC in which my husband, Datuk Seri Dr Mohammad Salleh Ismail, is the executive chairman,” Shahrizat said in a statement issued this evening.

Between a rock and a hard place, but still “entirely speculative”
Confirming that he had penned the email which was distributed to a large but select group, Megat Najimuddin had written:

“He (the lawyer) told us about this conman’s story, about how this sweet-talking guy managed to convince his desperate client to part with his money so that he can get the police to be ‘less brutal’ in their interrogation! It’s sad to see how stupid one can get when you are stuck ‘between a rock and a hard place.”

However, Megat also warned that what he was told by the lawyer was still entirely speculative.

“It was a personal email and a personal opinion based purely on conjecture on my part as no investigations had started then. A lot of hearsay here. The MACC is already investigating the matter,”Malaysian Insider reported him as saying.

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10 Comments »

  1. Why not as Tax Payer we dont pay our tax this year till all the people involved in this COW project been jailed. Its our money that they stole…not the govt money! We have the right/demand to know how tax money been utilised!

    Comment by OrangHutan — January 16, 2012 @ 1:15 AM | Reply

    • we work like cows to settle taxes mothly. Perhaps we should stop paying taxes till all mooooooos come home !!! bringing umno and shahrizat in 11

      Comment by dumdum loves gumgum — January 18, 2012 @ 8:53 AM | Reply

  2. The rakyat must vote wisely in the coming 13 general election to ensure rakyat money is used only for the people benefit, not certain individual holding political power.

    Comment by Anung Tayung — January 14, 2012 @ 10:52 PM | Reply

  3. The more than 14 million ordinary Malays can see for themselves and should realise by now how difficult it is and only once in a lifetime that they were given RM500.00 by UMNO controlled BN government when one minister alone and her family can have access to RM250 million and yet they squandered that money instead of using it solely for the NFC project ( the name as usual sound very grand). Time for the Malay community and other Bumiputras to reject UMNO totally and completely.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — January 14, 2012 @ 7:15 PM | Reply

    • erase them from text books too so no new malays replicate them

      Comment by dumdum loves gumgum — January 18, 2012 @ 8:55 AM | Reply

  4. Najib doesn’t know how to save himself. Rosmah has been leading him by the nose down a blind alley. I agree with you Lok1, for what it’s worth.

    Comment by Analist — January 14, 2012 @ 5:24 PM | Reply

    • The PM is asking a thief to catch another thief. Look, it is impossible for Sharizat family to siphon so much money to operate some nincompoop cows. The whole business model was hatched to cheat the government of its money. Why this cow project? Surely those who want to eat quality beef could afford to buy it from one of our many supermarkets. How does this company qualify for soft loan? Why disburse loans when money was still not needed? Why disburse loan when the project was not carried out as scheduled or as expected. You have remained silent on this issue for more than two months now. Why now only talking about freezing NFC’s assets?

      Comment by Farid — January 15, 2012 @ 10:52 AM | Reply

  5. Sharizat was right, none of the ministers in UMNO are clean and not corrupted. She should come clean and spill the beans while continuing to fulfill her religious obligation as shown in her photo.

    Comment by Sazali Ismail — January 14, 2012 @ 4:51 PM | Reply

  6. We should just keeping pressing on until all this bull shit are cleaned up.

    Comment by Rc — January 14, 2012 @ 1:02 PM | Reply

  7. As I have written earlier in someone’s else blog,it’s time that najib prosecute Sharizat to show wayang kulit to the kampong folks,and soon other non najib’s cronies/family will be investigated upon and perhaps charged,it’s the highest order of wayang Kulit for him,between a rock and a hard place is where najib n gang is in right now,I said that after or concurrently charging those non related thieves,the reshuffle he had in mind has to be done as quickly as possible so as to really carry out his earlier balless promises,chop off Mukriz n Mahathir will be blurred,nego with the warlords n reward them later,then perhaps he has a chance to win a slim majority,we are talking about votes from kampongs,hinterlands,phantoms,postals,civil servants,army,polis,rela ecetera2,with Mahathir toothless at least he stands a better chance of survival(together with turncoat warlords),he should bring in Ku Li from the darknest n perhaps,slowdown his brother(CIMB),but will he listen to my 20 cents advice,well it’s Do or Die for him,Anuar’s release is just a tactic to show them folks(non net savvy)he is doing something, with a reshuffle,he will stunned Mahyuddin ambition,get back his balls(from Mahathir) do a deal with the opposition to leave him n his dear family alone,but instead attack the other x PM’s cronies,and then during next GE14,share power with the opposition pack,by then Anuar will become irrelevant,why not,Altantuya,he only Fork her,n even then with her consent,the murder,well,Musa Safri gave the orders,soap up n clean his hands,donate most Birkin’s to auction off then proceeds donated to the needy,shipped them advisor’s up shit creek without a paddle n bring in fresher ones(with rakyat in mind/strategies)Go on Najib,you can still save your ass n Rosmah’s,within 6-8 mths of reshuffle n getting down to the ground n really work their asses off,the new cabinet would stand a better chance.I am saying or giving this simple idea coz to me(am opposition as they come) the PR gang hasn’t got their act together yet,maybe,maybe not,if they have,then I am gonna bet a Hung Parliament( Malaysian Spring is in Setapak),guys getting sprayed with chemical lace water,later would shared their adventure at the mamak stalls with Teh tariks and a few laughs,our backs are not against the wall yet,but we are getting closer.If you don’t agree or like my comments,then I don’t give a Fork,a spoon maybe.

    Comment by Lok1 — January 14, 2012 @ 1:39 AM | Reply


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