No inquiry was made on whether NFC funds used to secure loan, court told

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  • Thursday, 08 Jan 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has admitted to a High Court here that she did not contact a bank to find out if the National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman had used the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) funds as a leverage to secure a loan.

Nurul Izzah, 35, admitted that she neither called the bank nor communicated via a letter to ask about the loan for the purported purchase of eight properties at KL Eco City.

Questioned by NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, she said it would be difficult to get such information from a bank.

She also agreed with Muhammad Shafee that she had also never written to the property developer or lodge a police report over the issue.

Asked if she had communicated to Dr Mohamad Salleh on how he had purchased the eight properties, she said: “It is through loan.”

She also said she had not raised the matter with Dr Mohamad Salleh or sent a letter or registered mail before going public on the matter.

Questioned further, Nurul Izzah said she was not aware of a bank letter dated Jan 4, 2012 – which stated that it was cancelling its offer for a loan facility to Dr Mohamad Salleh and his son over the eight properties – when she made a joint press statement on March 7 that year.

Asked if she was aware of the letter after the exchange of documents between the parties for the defamation suit, she said: “It did not change anything.”

Asked if she was clear that there had been no loan agreement signed for the properties, she said there was a letter of offer which was tantamount to an agreement.

“There is a letter of offer and (so) there is an agreement,” she testified during the trial of the defamation suit filed by Dr Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp.

Shafee then interjected that it was not a loan but a “format” from a bank for a possible loan.

In his suit filed on December last year, Dr Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp had named Nurul Izzah and Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, then PKR secretary-general, as defendants for allegedly implying that he was greedy and had used the position of his wife, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, to gain wealth.

Nurul Izzah however disagreed that her endorsement of PKR then strategic director Mohd Rafizi Ramli’s statement would give an impression that Dr Mohamad Salleh had used part of NFC funds to buy those eight properties.

She said she had highlighted that the purchase would raise the issue of conflict of interest as his client’s wife was a former MP for the area.

She disagreed that she could actually direct her question over the issue to then Cabinet minister Shahrizat during Parliament sessions or that she was in the habit of making a statement without verifying its truthfulness.

Questioned by her lawyer Joshua Kevin, Nurul Izzah said she had sought clarifications over the issue as they did not obtain satisfactory answers on the NFC funds.

The bank statements provided by Rafizi during the press conference, she said, was self-explanatory and appeared as a loan account.

Trial judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng set Feb 4 to hear submissions by parties.

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