Probe clears Shahrizat

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has cleared Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil of any involvement in the awarding of a RM250mil loan to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp).

The commission’s Operations Evaluation Panel (PPO) chairman Tan Sri Dr Hadenan Abdul Jalil said the decision to close the case against the former Women, Family and Community Development Minister was made by the Attorney-General.

“The findings by MACC’s investigation ruled out that she had a hand in the company selection process and the awarding of the loan,” he said, adding that there was no element of abuse of power.

Shahrizat’s husband Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail is NFCorp chairman while her children are the company directors.

Dr Hadenan said there were two aspects in the investigation of the NFCorp case – the first aspect was the police investigation while the other, which was carried out by MACC, was Sharizat’s involvement in the process of awarding the RM250mil loan.

The National Feedlot Centre first came into focus following the Auditor-General’s 2010 Report highlighting its failure to meet the annual beef production target set by the Govern­ment.

The company’s assets were frozen after investigations were launched by both the police and MACC following the report.

Shahrizat, who was questioned by MACC in February, stepped down as minister when her term as senator expired on April 8.

On March 13, Dr Mohamad Salleh was charged with two counts of committing breach of trust and two counts of violating the Companies Act 1965 involving RM49.7mil.

Meanwhile, Dr Hadenan also announced that it had closed its investigation into two other politicians – PKR’s Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei and Batu Caves assemblyman Amirudin Shari.

“After the case was re-examined by MACC’s Legal and Prosecution Division, they maintained their earlier conclusion to close the case as there was insufficient evidence to link both assemblyman to bribery and wrongdoings,” he said.

In July 2010, Mat Shuhaimi and Amirudin Shari were questioned by MACC for their alleged involvement in sandmining activities in Selangor.

In PETALING JAYA, PKR strategy director Mohd Rafizi Ramli said the party was disappointed by MACC’s decision to clear Shahrizat of any involvement.       

He questioned in a joint statement with Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin on how MACC could have arrived at its decision without even questioning both of them as they had been vocal in exposing the alleged wrongdoings.

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