Shahrizat sues Rafizi, Zuraida over NFC claims

(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil has filed a RM100 million defamation suit against PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli for claiming she misused a federal loan meant for the National Feedlot Centre (NFC).

The women, family and community minister also named Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin in the suit, Star Online reported today.

Shahrizat’s suit comes after months of allegations by PKR that she had abused millions in federal funds earmarked for the NFC to pay for personal expenses incurred by her and her family.

The cattle-raising scheme is headed by Shahrizat’s husband Datuk Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their children.

The publicly-funded project, which hit national headlines following the Auditor-General’s Report last year, has continued to hog the limelight after it was linked to Shahrizat’s family.

PKR has since made several revelations relating to the scandal, including NFC’s purchase of two luxury condominium units in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, and the alleged use of project funds to pay for Shahrizat and her family’s personal expenses.

The opposition party has also alleged that Shahrizat’s family used nearly RM600,000 from NFC project funds to settle their credit card bills in 2009.