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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RM5mil bombshell: NFC money used to buy Mercedes, land, holidays, cash transfers

RM5mil bombshell: NFC money used to buy Mercedes, land, holidays, cash transfers

As promised, PKR leaders have dropped another bombshell bound so send Umno Women's chief Shahrizat Jalil scrambling for new cover.

Not only did her family authorize the purchase of two super-luxury condos in Bangsar, they allegedly also used RM5 million of public funds to buy a top-range Mercedes-Benz, land in a residential part of Putrajaya as well as remit half a million to their personal companies.

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli revealed that the company's financial documents had showed that NFC transferred RM3,363,507 to its sister company National Meat and Livestock Corporation (NMLC) to purchase two plots of land in Putrajaya, PT1886 and PT1887.

"It is highly unlikely that the land bought in Putrajaya are intended for raring cows," Rafizi told a press conference on Thursday.

The purchase was effected through NMLC, and follows the same modus operandi adopted in the purchase of the Bangsar condos at RM6.9 million each, according to Rafizi.

He further revealed that through the same means, NMLC had purchased the Mercedes Benz CLS 350 CGI at RM534,622. Not only that, NFC is allegedly also paying a monthly RM20,000 maintenance cost for the Merc.

A sum of RM588,585 was also transferred to Meatworks (Singapore). Both NMLC and Meatworks are wholly-owned by Shahrizat’s family and “have nothing to do with NFC’s business plan,” stressed Rafizi.

15 cheques were also issued by NFC to tour agency Impian Global Network Services, and PKR has demanded that the Wanita Umno chief “tell us who went on these holidays.”

“Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has said NFC has no business in Singapore. Then why was such a huge sum transferred there?” he told a press conference in Parliament today

Shahrizat and her family have been at the centre of the RM250 million NFC financial debacle. NFC is a national livestock project aimed to ensure Malaysians get a cheap supply of beef. The project was awarded to Shahrizat's husband and children in 2006.

Amid calls from both sides of the political divide to resign, Shahriza has insisted that NFC had "nothing to do with me" but few believe that her family could have secured the tender without her being the Wanita Umno deputy president.

Just this morning, she defended herself, insisting that if she were to step down, then so too must PKR president Wan Azizah. She was immediately flayed by PKR leaders for not being able to differentiate between graft and sodomy.

"Yes, Umno is setting such a bad example to the people especially the youth. Imagine, they have reached the stage where they defend corruption! It is really out of control," PKR Women's chief and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin told Malaysia Chronicle.

Malaysia Chronicle

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