How ‘jambu’ Rafizi broke the NFC lembu story


Rafizi Ramli, who has led the campaign to expose the Cowgate scandal, has spoken about how he and his team were able to track down and make their startling disclosures about the National Feedlot Corporation.

People involved in the NFC have said two disgruntled former employees were responsible for leaking information to Rafizi, directory of strategy for Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Others have blamed a “beef cartel” out to sabotage the NFC.

Rafizi said the true identity of the whistleblower was anyone’s guess — “I myself don’t know to this day”, he told MalaysiaKini.

The big break in his campaign came with an email from someone using the pseudonym “lembu”, enclosing a PDF copy of the corporation’s cash book. Many people would have had access to the cashbook, he said.

Civil servants and NFC’s many employees who went “in and out” could also have had a hand. “But the way the emails are written tell me it is not the cartel or disgruntled employees. But I think it’s best I keep it to myself,” he said.

He said it was Umno minister Noh Omar’s defence of NFC in Parliament that brought the cashbook in his email.

“So that was the turning point. If Noh Omar hadn’t gone to Parliament and said that 8,000-plus heads of cattle was a national success, it could have died there,” he said.

Highlights of how Rafizi investigated the scandal: