In an effort to pressure Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to accept responsibility for the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, PKR today made another expose on the alleged abuse of NFC funds.
Four family members of Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, spent a total of RM593,500 in 2009 with credit cards, with the money coming from the NFC funds, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli claimed today.
Rafizi, who is in charge of the party's expose on the NFC, said the four family members who hold management posts in NFC had swiped the credit cards that are charged to NFC for expenses of between RM122,402 and RM182,525 each.
The four are Shahrizat's husband Mohammad Salleh Ismail, who is NFC chairman, their 31-year-old son Wan Shahinur Izmir (executive director), another son Wan Shahinur Izran aged 27 (chief executive officer) and 25-year-old daughter Wan Izzanah Fatimah (director).
"Our expose will be continued until Najib takes action to indicate that he and his colleagues in cabinet accept full responsibility over the abuses that happened in NFC," said Rafizi (right) in a statement today.
He revealed that PKR activists led by its central leadership council member Fariz Musa will make another police report against the credit card expenditure at Dang Wangi police station at 2pm tomorrow.
On Izmir’s statement yesterday that NFC is still doing "business as usual" despite Najib’s announcement on Saturday that the its assets have been frozen pending investigations, Rafizi questioned whether Najib has made an empty announcement or NFC has gone against the freeze order.
He noted Izmir’s statement revealed that Shahrizat’s family is still free to utilise NFC funds and operate the company, which is prohibited if a freeze order has been issued.
He stressed that freeze order should include:
1. Any expenditure apart from paying salaries of employees in charge of cattle farming operations (as stipulated by the government agreement) should be frozen;
2. The current management consists of Shahrizat’s family members is not allowed to make any decision related to the operation, finance, human resource and other important decisions of the company;
3. Any transfer of funds from NFC, including the salary payment and expenditures of other companies owned by Shahrizat’s family, must be halted immediately;
4. Any decision related to the assets or structure of the company and investment should not be allowed to avoid asset transfer.
Rafizi also demanded that Najib suspend Shahrizat’s family members from their posts and ban them from entering the office, before appointing corporate administrator to take over the company in line with good corporate governance.
Should the premier fail to do so, Rafizi threatened to expose more NFC irregularities which are in the possession of PKR.