NFC to make a comeback? New minister suggests a review

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry will propose a memorandum to the Cabinet to resume the previous National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project, which was ridden by scandals.

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub (pic), in a live broadcast on Astro Awani on Thursday (May 24), said that the NFC project would be re-branded to avoid confusion with previous projects.

He said the NFC project was originally meant to enable the country to supply 30 percent of the local meat demand and provide the opportunity for young entrepreneurs to become breeders.

“I have to be more objective. We are not here to attack anyone, but I see that the NFC's goal is good and pure,” he said.

“With the NFC, we could supply 30 percent of the local meat consumption demand. I'm sure that young people would like to rear their own livestock, (and the Government) can give them the help to do this,” said Salahuddin.

He said his ministry has identified plots of land in Segamat in Negri Sembilan and Muar in Johor to build farms.

“In Johor there is no problem (getting land). I have a good relationship with the Johor Mentri Besar, I will talk to him about,” he said, referring to Datuk Osman Sapian.

The original NFC project was the centre of a scandal in 2011 when the Auditor-General’s Report described it as “a mess” and poorly managed for meeting only 41.1% of its target for 2010.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli accused former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's family of using part of a RM250mil soft loan allocated for the project to buy a luxury condominium.

It was also alleged that most of the beef it produced was sent to luxury restaurants owned by Shahrizat’s family.

Her husband Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, and their children Wan Shahinur Izran, Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah and Wan Shahinur Izmir, were directors at NFC.

In November 2016, Rafizi lost a defamation suit and was ordered to pay Salleh and NFC RM200,000 in damages for claiming that NFC had purchased the luxury condominium with a bank loan.

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