PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin does not have to present himself to give any clarifications on any National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) issues.
PPBM information chief Datuk Kamaruddin Mohd Nor said Muhyiddin, the then Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister when the set-up of the corporation was approved in 2006, no longer needs to answer to any complications arising from NFC as he is no longer with the government.
“No (Muhyiddin) does not need to give explanations. He has completed his duties (then), now it’s another person’s (Agriculture and Agro-based industry Minister’s) responsibility to explain the status of NFC.
“The decision made by Muhyiddin prior to this was in his capacity as a government servant and not based on an individual decision, so he does not have to answer all this,” he said during a press conference here today.
He was responding to Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah’s statement that since the opposition was hell bent on reviving attacks on the controversial project, then any question should be directed to Muhyiddin, who definitely has detailed information on the issue.
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang in a blog post dated Nov 21 2011 questioned how a project to boost the nation’s beef self-sufficiency could go so wrong as NFC not only failed to meet the target but the RM250 million 2 per cent-interest soft loan was diverted into the purchase pf two luxury condominiums in Bangsar and for other dubious transactions as exposed by PKR Secretary-General and MP Saifuddin Nasution and PKR chief of strategy Rafizi Ramli.
Lim had also said in his blog, “As the minister directly responsible for the NFC scandals, Muhyiddin should have explained in the past month of deepening controversy over the NFC scandal why government scrutiny, supervision and monitoring of the project and in particular the RM250 million soft loan was so lax or even non-existent as to allow such gross breach of trust and abuse of public funds to take place?”
He also called for Muhyiddin to be hauled before the Public Accounts Committee to expose problems faced by NFC.
NFC is a private company owned by Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, with participation from the government.
Lim was following-up on PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s allegations of criminal breaches of trust committed in NFC through purchases of luxury condominium units.
In Nov 2015, after a series of probes and exhaustive court proceedings, NFC executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail was finally acquitted of four CBT charges involving RM49.7 million.
About a year later, Rafizi was ordered by the Kuala Lumpur High Court to pay Salleh and NFC RM200,000 in damages over a defamatory statement in relation to a loan to buy a KL Eco City property.
Last Wednesday, Rafizi was sentenced to 30 months' jail by the Sessions Court for illegally exposing the bank account details related to NFC and Salleh.