I was unware of my husbands NFC deal – Shahrizat Jalil
Former Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil said today she was unaware her husband had submitted a bid to operate the national cattle farming scheme through the National Feedlot Centre (NFC), and was not involved in helping her family secure the federal government project.
Testifying in her RM100 million defamation suit against two PKR leaders, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has disclaimed any knowledge that her husband had put in a bid for the National Feedlot Centre project.
“I can confirm that neither my children nor my husband requested for assistance in (getting) the project,” Shahrizat told the High Court here today when testifying in her defamation suit against PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and Zuraida Kamaruddin over the NFC scandal.
She is suing PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli and PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin over various comments that allegedly implicate her in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.
Shahrizat had filed the suit on Jan 19 over Rafizi and Zuraida’s revelations in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) Sdn Bhd fiasco, implicating her husband Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Ismail.
Shahrizat added that her family would “know better” than to expect her assistance.
“I was never involved in the approval process or running of the company,” she said.
Shahrizat, who was a minister when the project was awarded to her family in 2006, relinquished her Cabinet post in early April over the allegations against her family.
She told Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera in the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that she does not hold any position in the NFC or in Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd.
She claimed that Rafizi and Zuraida had used the issue as a primary target in attempting to discredit and malign her as a federal minister.
Shahrizat said she did not know that her husband had bid for the project as they are “worlds apart” in terms of career.
NFCorp is owned by Shahrizat’s husband Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail and the couple’s three children.
Rafizi had previously said that although he had repeatedly raised the question of conflict of interest in the award of the NFC project to Mohamad Salleh’s company when Shahrizat was still in the Cabinet, it was only the NFCorp chairman who was charged in court with wrongdoing.
Rafizi and Zuraida, who are in court, have filed a counter-claim against Shahrizat.
Others in the packed court room include Shahrizat’s husband Mohd Salleh Ismail, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, vice-president Tian Chua, and secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Scores of Wanita Umno supporters have shown up in support of Shahrizat, who heads the wing and was the women, family and community minister until she stepped down in April due to pressure from the NFC issue.
Shahrizat, a lawyer and former magistrate, is represented by senior lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Ranjit Singh and J Leelai are representing Rafizi, while Gopal Sreenevasan and Razlan Hadri Zulkifli are appearing for Zuraida.