FEB 26 — The police were not willing to be thrown under the bus. That is why the Commercial Crime Investigation Department has finally revealed what most of the country already pronounced: that the directors of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) should be charged with criminal breach of trust.
The police completed their investigations sometime ago but had a tug-of-war with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). It is an open secret that the cops were displeased at the investigation papers being returned for further investigation.
Within the police force, there is the view that the NFC issue has gone on for far too long and that it has hurt the already brittle public image of the force. Every day that the matter remained unresolved, the senior officials in the force cringed.
They were worried about being left holding the baby, that they would be seen as incompetent bumbling cops. Now let’s see what Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail does and let’s see whether this case will continue to collect dust.
Because Gani’s record is poor when it comes to taking swift action against obvious cases but quick against dodgy cases.
As it is, the government has already frozen the assets of the National Feedlot Centre (NFC). But is that enough?
To be sure, DAP MP Tony Pua today demanded a freeze on all local and international assets of the NFCorp and its directors to prevent any attempt at disposal, pointing out that it involves RM250 million worth of public funds.
The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said if the firm’s assets are not frozen and such disposals are later discovered, the relevant enforcement agencies must then be taken to task for jeopardising public interest.
NFCorp, which operates the national cattle-farming project, is chaired by federal minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s husband, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail. Their three children also hold executive posts in the company.
The NFC hit the headlines after it made it into the Auditor-General’s Report last year, and has continued to hog the limelight after it was linked to Shahrizat and her family.
The issue isn’t about Shahrizat from Day One. It has always been about abusing public funds meant for a national project but used for short-term gains in buying unrelated assets.
The police are satisfied there’s a case. Will the AG concur?