Shahrizat need not quit over cattle fiasco, says DPM

By Lisa J Ariffin, The Malaysian Insider

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil is not directly involved in National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), the cattle-farming project managed by the minister’s family, and doesn’t need to resign from the Cabinet.

He said this in response to Umno’s Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Moktar Radin’s call yesterday in the Dewan Rakyat that those responsible for the NFC fiasco should resign.

Allegations of financial impropriety have dogged the company owned by Shahrizat’s family after the Auditor-General revealed last month that the NFC had failed to meet production targets for 2010, despite benefiting from a RM134.72 million soft loan from the government.

“He (Bung Moktar) didn’t say directly that Shahrizat (picture) is involved because this is a business that is run by her family, but she is not involved,” Muhyiddin told reporters.

However, he said Bung Moktar’s resignation call was unnecessary “especially among our own people”.

“This has been reported in Parliament by the minister of agriculture and agro-based industry (Datuk Seri Noh Omar) and has been discussed and explained in detail for more than one hour and should be well received,” he said.

“Whether it is right (to call for resignation) Datuk Bung Moktar can think for himself,” he added.