(Update) Muhyiddin can answer questions on NFC, says JMM

KUALA LUMPUR: Any clarification on issues involving National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) should be sought from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was then the agriculture and agro-based industry minister when the company was set up in 2006.

On the heels of apparent attempts by opposition parties and several portals to revive the purported “scandal” in NFC, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah said Muhyiddin would have an inside knowledge on the matter.

Azwanddin said the opposition itself, including DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, had once called for Muhyiddin to be hauled before the Public Accounts Committee to divulge on the problems experienced by NFC.

Muhyiddin is now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president and opposition pact Pakatan Harapan pro-tem deputy president.

“There is no need to go out and about finding answers to any question concerning NFC. Muhyiddin is in their camp now. I am sure that they can just meet him to throw some queries.

“He was the minister who allegedly approved setting up of NFC after all, or so the opposition had claimed. I believe Muhyiddin is just a call away,”Azwanddin told the New Straits Times Press today.

Lim in a blog post dated Nov 21 2011 had claimed as to who else apart from Muhyiddin should bear responsibility for the NFC.

He had also questioned as to why project’s objective which was on cattle production to boost the nation’s beef self-sufficiency could end up going so wrong.

In his posting the opposition veteran had also alleged that NFC not only failed to meet its target, the RM250 million 2 per cent-interest soft loan had been diverted to buy two luxury condominiums in Bangsar and also for other dubious transactions as exposed by PKR Secretary-General and MP Saifuddin Nasution and PKR chief of strategy Rafizi Ramli.

Lim also said in his posting that Muhyiddin should had explained on the NFC scandal, as to why government scrutiny, supervision and monitoring of the project.

In particular, Lim also questioned the RM250 million soft loan which was so lax or even non-existent so as to allow such gross breach of trust and abuse of public funds to take place.

NFC is a private company owned by Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, with participation from the government.

Lim was following-up on PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s allegations of criminal breaches of trust (CBT) committed in NFC through purchases of luxury condominium units.

In Nov 2015, after a series of probes and exhaustive court proceedings, NFC executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail was finally acquitted of four CBT charges involving RM49.7 million.

About a year later, Rafizi was ordered by the Kuala Lumpur High Court here to pay Salleh and NFC RM200,000 in damages over a defamatory statement in relation to a loan to buy KL Eco City property.

Last Wednesday, Rafizi was sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Sessions Court illegally exposing the bank account details related to NFC and Salleh.

 

NEW STRAITS TIMES by SYED UMAR ARIFF
February 11, 2018 @ 6:00pm

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Muhyiddin akui tandatangan surat kelulusan projek NFC

PETALING JAYA: Presiden Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, semalam mengakui menandatangani surat kelulusan pelaksanaan projek National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) pada 2006.

Beliau bagaimanapun mendakwa tidak mengingati sama ada menerima laporan perkembangan projek terbabit, selepas berbuat demikian.

"Saya tak ingat, dah lama," dakwanya ketika mengelak memberi ulasan lanjut, apabila ditanya soalan itu ketika keluar dari Ibu Pejabat PPBM menuju ke kenderaannya semalam.Ketika menandatangani kelulusan projek terbabit, Muhyiddin adalah Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, yang dipertanggungjawab untuk meningkatkan hasil pengeluaran bahan makanan negara.

Walaupun mengaku menandatangani surat projek berkenaan, Muhyiddin mendakwa peruntukan projek itu tidak disalurkan oleh kementeriannya, Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas kenyataan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (JASA), Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, yang membidas sikapnya kerana mengelak daripada memberi sebarang pencerahan terhadap isu NFC.Mohd Puad mendakwa, Muhyiddin tidak berani tampil memberi pencerahan kerana isu terbabit kini cuba dikitar semula oleh pembangkang.

"Muhyiddin lebih mengutamakan pembohongan pembangkang dan mengelak untuk memalukan rakan pembangkang jika tampil membuat pencerahan isu berkenaan.

"Kalau pembangkang sendiri suka mengitar cerita lama, kenapa perlu ada pilih kasih, iaitu enggan membuat pencerahan sedangkan ketika itu beliau menyandang jawatan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani," kata Mohd Puad.

Ketua Parlimen DAP, Lim Kit Siang, dalam catatan blog rasminya pada 21 November 2011, mendakwa Muhyiddin adalah individu yang patut dipertanggungjawabkan berhubung masalah NFC.Kit Siang turut pernah mendesak supaya Muhyiddin dipanggil Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC) bagi merungkaikan masalah dialami NFC.

 

February 14, 2018 @ 10:48pm

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Salleh syukuri penghakiman ke atas Rafizi

KUALA LUMPUR: "Alhamdulillah." Demikian respons pertama Pengerusi Eksekutif National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC), Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

Beliau memberikan maklum balas itu selepas Mahkamah Sesyen pagi ini mendapati Ahli Parlimen Pandan yang juga Naib Presiden PKR, Rafizi Ramli, bersalah kerana mendedahkan empat akaun bank berkaitan NFC dan Mohamad Salleh.

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen, Zamri Bakar, menjatuhkan hukuman penjara 30 bulan ke atas Rafizi.

Zamri turut menjatuhkan hukuman itu ke atas seorang lagi tertuduh yang juga bekas kerani bank, Johari Mohamad, 47, yang didakwa bersubahat dengan Rafizi.

Sambil mensyukuri dan mengalu-alukan penghakiman itu, Mohamad Salleh berkata, reputasi dan perniagaannya terjejas teruk akibat pendedahan berkenaan.

"Allah menguruskan suatu perkara itu dengan cara tersendiri (dalam menegakkan keadilan).

"Penghakiman itu menunjukkan kesalahan memang sudah dilakukan," katanya ketika dihubungi, sebentar tadi.

Rafizi dan Johari dituduh mendedahkan dokumen penyata baki akaun NFC National Meat & Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd dan akaun bank Mohamad Salleh.

Kedua-dua tertuduh didapati bersalah kerana melanggar Akta Perbankan dan Institusi Kewangan (BAFIA).

BERITA HARIAN by SYED UMAR ARIFF
February 7, 2018 @ 12:24pm

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Fakta sebenar National Feedlot Centre (NFC) dan National Feedlot Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (NFCorp)

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SEPANJANG kempen Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13, pihak pembangkang telah menggunakan isu Pusat Fidlot Nasional (NFC) di Gemas, Negeri Sembilan dan National Feedlot Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (NFCorp) bagi memburukkan kerajaan.

Kontroversi itu timbul setelah pihak pembangkang memanipulasi Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 yang sebenarnya merujuk kepada kelemahan NFC semata-mata.

Walaupun NFC dan NFCorp mempunyai akronim yang hampir sama, ia adalah dua entiti yang berbeza.

Sebenarnya, tanggungjawab untuk menjayakan NFC bukan terletak di bahu NFCorp semata-mata sebaliknya turut melibatkan beberapa syarikat lain yang dipilih untuk membangunkan prasarana dan sebagai operator di pusat berkenaan.

Masalah juga berpunca daripada kelemahan pentadbiran kerajaan ketika itu seperti yang telah ditegur dalam laporan audit termasuk pembinaan prasarana substandard dan kegagalan membangunkan pusat penyembelihan berkapasiti 350 ekor sehari walaupun ia merupakan komponen kritikal dalam projek berkenaan.

Berikut adalah jawapan terhadap tuduhan pembangkang termasuk yang ditujukan kepada Pengerusi Eksekutif NFCorp, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

Ini bagi membolehkan rakyat menilai sendiri kesahihan tuduhan yang dibuat oleh pihak terbabit khususnya Pengarah Strategi Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Rafizi Ramli dan Ahli Parlimen Ampang, Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Mohamad Salleh Mempunyai Kelayakan Untuk Terlibat Dalam Bidang Ternakan Lembu

Anak kelahiran Kelantan yang didakwa pembangkang tidak berkelayakan sebenarnya bukan asing dengan ternakan lembu kerana telah terlibat memelihara haiwan itu sejak zaman remaja lagi di kampungnya.

Beliau kemudiannya meneruskan pengajian ijazah dalam bidang yang mempunyai kaitan dengan ternakan iaitu Sains dan Teknologi Pemakanan di University of South Bank, London pada 1973. Beliau kemudiannya berjaya memperoleh doktor falsafah (Ph.D) dalam bidang sama dari Cornell University, Amerika Syarikat (AS) pada 1977 ketika berusia 29 tahun.

Sekembalinya ke Malaysia, beliau telah bertugas sebagai pensyarah di Jabatan Sains dan Teknologi Pemakanan, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) dan jawatan terakhir adalah sebagai ketua jabatan berkenaan.

Beliau juga pernah berkhidmat sebagai pakar runding dengan Pertubuhan Makanan dan Pertanian (FAO) Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) selama lima tahun untuk seluruh Asia.

Sesuai dengan kepakaran yang dimilikinya, beliau telah menubuhkan syarikat yang menjalankan perniagaan dalam bidang ternakan dan makanan iaitu Agroscience Industries Sdn. Bhd. pada 2006.

Sebelum itu, beliau telah banyak berjasa kepada negara termasuk sebagai Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Taman Teknologi Malaysia (TPM) yang pertama.

Antara kajian yang telah dilakukan beliau adalah bagi menghasilkan makanan yang bersesuaian untuk membolehkan lembu Wagyu yang mempunyai daging berkualiti tinggi diternak di kawasan beriklim tropika seperti Malaysia.

Kajian ini membolehkan lembu jenis itu menghasilkan 700 hingga 800 kilogram daging setiap ekor, berbanding baka lembu tempatan yang hanya dapat memberikan maksimum 250 hingga 300 kilogram daging setiap ekor.

Kajian lain adalah mengenai kaedah menggunakan sisa buangan pusat sembelih bagi menjana tenaga elektrik.

Anak-anak Mohamad Salleh Berkemampuan Urus Syarikat

Tiga anak Mohamad Salleh yang terlibat dalam pengurusan syarikat itu ialah Pengarah Urusan, Wan Shahinur Izran dan pengarah-pengarah eksekutif, Wan Shahinur Izmir dan Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah.

Mereka yang menerima ijazah ketika berusia muda iaitu 20 tahun sebenarnya mempunyai kelayakan akademik yang mencukupi untuk membolehkan mereka memegang jawatan itu.

Wan Shahinur Izran berkelulusan ijazah dalam bidang sains komputer dengan Purata Nilai Gred Kumulatif (CGPA) 3.94 dari California State University, AS. Beliau juga pernah menjadi pelajar terbaik kampusnya.

Wan Shahinur Izmir pula bekelulusan ijazah dalam bidang Komunikasi Organisasi dari California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), AS manakala Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah mendapat ijazah dalam bidang bioteknologi dari universiti sama.

Ketiga-tiga mereka pada mulanya enggan pulang kerana ingin meneruskan kerjaya di luar negara termasuk Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah yang ketika itu membuat penyelidikan di Institut Penyelidikan Kanser di California, AS.

Mereka terpaksa pulang setelah dipujuk oleh Mohamad Salleh yang memerlukan satu pasukan yang betul-betul setia kepadanya bagi menjayakan projek.

NFCorp sebenarnya bukan syarikat anak beranak seperti yang didakwa Rafizi kerana ia juga menggajikan 16 pekerja kaum Cina termasuk dilantik Pengurus Kewangan.

Satu persoalan yang masih lagi belum terjawab sehingga kini ialah kenapa kesemua mereka telah berhenti setelah bekerja selama enam bulan dengan NFCorp?

Pada 2011, syarikat itu turut membuat laporan polis mendakwa salah seorang pekerja yang berhenti berkenaan telah mencuri maklumat kewangan syarikat terbabit untuk diberikan kepada DAP yang kemudiannya menyerahkannya kepada PKR.

Kenapa Rafizi hanya mengkritik NFCorp sebagai syarikat anak beranak sedangkan ramai jutawan Cina Malaysia yang berjaya juga melantik anak-anak mereka bagi memegang jawatan tinggi dalam syarikat?

NFCorp Dipilih Berasaskan Merit

Satu jawatankuasa yang dipengerusikan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani dengan dianggotai Ketua Setiausaha kementerian dan pengarah-pengarah berkaitan pada 2006 telah memilih NFCorp setelah berpuas hati dengan pembentangan kertas kerja pembuktian konsep oleh syarikat itu.

Ia berjaya mengetepikan sembilan syarikat lain kerana konsep bisnes yang dikemukakan oleh NFCorp adalah menyeluruh berdasarkan kaedah ‘Farm-To-Fork’ (dari ladang ke garpu).

Dalam pembentangan itu, syarikat berkenaan menyatakan kesediaan terlibat dalam membiak dan menggemukkan lembu, menyembelih, menghasilkan daging lembu dan lain-lain produk berasaskan daging, fidlot, ladang kontrak, pengeluaran bahan makanan lembu, penghasilan tenaga daripada biogas, penghasilan baja, promosi, pengedaran ke pasar raya dan pasar basah, khidmat jualan, mengoperasikan restoran dan mewujudkan pasar raya khusus.

Syarikat itu kemudiannya turut membuat beberapa pembentangan lain termasuk kepada Unit Perancangan Ekonomi (EPU) dan Pasukan Petugas Pelaksanaan Negara (NITF) pada 2007 yang dipengerusikan oleh Perdana Menteri dan dianggotai Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan enam menteri berkaitan yang turut berpuas hati dengan konsep bisnes yang dikemukakan.

NFCorp Tidak Membazirkan Duit Rakyat

Dana RM250 juta yang diluluskan kerajaan pada Disember 2007 sebenarnya bukan geran sebaliknya adalah satu bentuk pinjaman yang perlu dibayar balik. Kadar faedah yang dikenakan kerajaan adalah sebanyak dua peratus.

Sebelum projek ini ‘dibunuh’ oleh pihak pembangkang, syarikat NFCorp mempunyai keyakinan tinggi untuk membayar balik pinjaman kerana ia dijangka memperoleh keuntungan RM70 juta setahun berbanding bayaran balik pinjaman sebanyak RM17.7 juta setahun.

Mohamad Salleh Tidak Perlu Bantuan Shahrizat Bagi Mendapatkan Projek

Sebagai seorang yang berkelulusan Ph.D dalam bidang Sains dan Teknologi Pemakanan serta berpengalaman sebagai pakar runding FAO, sudah tentu beliau tidak memerlukan nasihat daripada Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil yang merupakan bekas Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat.

Seperti yang selalu disebut oleh Mohamad Salleh yang pernah menerajui TPM, adalah tidak bermaruah untuk beliau meminta pertolongan isterinya dalam bidang makanan dan bioteknologi yang beliau sendiri mempunyai pengalaman.

“Kalau dalam bidang teknologi maklumat (IT) yang bukan kepandaian saya, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad pilih saya (untuk menerajui TPM), takkan kerana kepandaian saya dalam bidang pertanian, bioteknologi dan makanan, saya kena minta tolong isteri saya,” katanya.

Ini memandangkan beliau sendiri mempunyai kebolehan dan pengalaman termasuk 18 tahun menerajui TPM. Sebenarnya, konsep perniagaan NFCorp mempunyai persamaan dengan TPM.

Mohamad Salleh juga sentiasa berpegang kepada prinsip untuk tidak membincangkan soal perniagaan dengan isterinya. Shahrizat juga tidak dibenarkan berkunjung ke pejabat suaminya.

Konsep Perniagaan NFCorp Menguntungkan

Konsep perniagaan NFCorp tidak merugikan seperti yang didakwa pembangkang. Sepanjang beroperasi, syarikat itu telah berjaya membiak baka 80 ekor lembu Wagyu yang tahan dengan cuaca tropika. Haiwan berkenaan juga sihat dan tidak kurus kering seperti yang didakwa oleh Rafizi.

NFCorp juga telah mencapai sasaran apabila membawa masuk lebih 8,000 ekor lembu dari Australia untuk digemukkan dan disembelih.

Daging lembu yang dihasilkan juga mendapat sambutan hangat pasar raya dan pasar raya besar di Malaysia kerana ia berkualiti tinggi dengan harga setara dengan daging sejuk beku yang diimport.

Sekiranya tidak ‘diganggu’ oleh pihak pembangkang, NFCorp dijangka menjadi satu-satunya syarikat di Malaysia yang berjaya menghasilkan makanan ternakan lembu sendiri.

Ia juga dijangka dapat menjimat kos elektrik sebanyak RM60 juta setahun kerana akan menggunakan sepenuhnya tenaga elektrik yang dikitar semula daripada sisa pusat sembelihan.

Sisa-sisa juga boleh dibuat baja dan untuk membiak alga yang boleh diguna semula untuk makanan ternakan.

Konsep perniagaan syarikat itu jika dilaksanakan sepenuhnya akan menjana pendapatan RM340 juta setahun dengan keuntungan kira-kira 20 peratus daripada jumlah itu atau RM70 juta setahun.

Transformasi perniagaan yang dibawa oleh NFCorp juga akan membantu 310 penternak yang akan membekalkan 186,000 lembu menjelang 2014 melalui kaedah ladang kontrak. Seorang penternak dijangka akan mendapat pendapatan minimum RM10,000 sebulan.

Penglibatan NFCorp akan mengurangkan import daging dari luar negara sebanyak 20 peratus dan mengurangkan penggantungan kepada gelatin import yang 99 peratusnya adalah berasaskan kepada sumber khinzir.

Hakikat itulah yang ditakuti oleh kartel pengimport daging yang dikuasai bukan Melayu yang telah melakukan pelbagai cara bagi ‘membunuh’ NFCorp. Sampai bilakah umat Islam akan terus memakan daging import dari India, Amerika Latin, Australia dan lain-lain negara yang diragui status halalnya?

Cukup menyedihkan apabila orang Melayu menyerang kaumnya sendiri semata-mata untuk memberikan keuntungan kepada kartel pengimport bukan Melayu.

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 Tidak Menyebut Penyelewengan NFCorp

NFCorp telah menerima surat daripada Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang bertarikh 25 Januari 2012 yang menjelaskan tiada dalam laporan itu yang menyatakan syarikat berkenaan tidak mencapai sasaran.

Sebaliknya, laporan itu hanya menyebut objektif projek Pusat Fidlot Nasional (NFC) masih belum dicapai sepenuhnya.

NFC diuruskan oleh kerajaan yang memang perlu dipantau oleh Ketua Audit Negara manakala NFCorp adalah entiti perniagaan yang tidak perlu diaudit oleh pihak berkenaan.

Ambrin juga menafikan laporan itu menyebut projek berkenaan berada dalam kucar kacir, in a mess atau pun berlaku penyelewengan. Perkataan itu sebenarnya digunakan oleh pihak pembangkang yang sengaja memutarbelitkan laporan berkenaan.

Teguran terhadap NFCorp dalam laporan itu hanya mengenai prasarana seperti jalan, pagar dan kolam yang sebenarnya dibina oleh kerajaan tetapi tidak diselenggara dengan baik oleh syarikat berkenaan.

Keadaan itu berlaku kerana sebulan sebelum pengauditan dibuat, banjir besar telah melanda kawasan berkenaan dan belum sempat dibaiki.

Pembelian Hartanah Dibenarkan Dalam Perjanjian

Langkah membeli hartanah yang dianggap salah oleh Rafizi hanya dibuat setelah kerajaan menggantung projek NFC dan ia dibeli di atas nama NFCorp dan bukannya atas nama individu.

Ia dibuat kerana pengalaman Mohamad Salleh menunjukkan pelaburan dalam bidang hartanah tidak merugikan.

Pembelian hartanah dibenarkan seperti yang tercatat dalam Perkara 12 yang terkandung dalam dokumen perjanjian pemberian pinjaman oleh pihak kerajaan.

Tidak Berlaku Penyaluran Dana Tidak Sah Dari NFCorp Kepada NMLC

Dakwaan Rafizi dana disalurkan secara tidak sah daripada NFCorp kepada syarikat milik keluarga Mohamad Salleh iaitu National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (NMLC) juga tidak berasas.

Sebenarnya NFCorp telah menulis surat kepada Kementerian Kewangan pada Mac 2009 bagi memaklumkan hasrat menjadikan NMLC sebagai syarikat induk dan bukannya anak syarikat kepada NFCorp seperti sedia ada.

Ini kerana NMLC yang terlibat menguruskan ladang kontrak, memproses dan menjual daging mampu menjana pendapatan lebih banyak berbanding NFCorp yang hanya terlibat membela lembu.

Pemindahan dana kepada NMLC adalah sejajar dengan keputusan menjadikan syarikat itu sebagai syarikat induk dan tiada dana yang masuk ke dalam poket individu sebenarnya.

Berdasarkan fakta-fakta tersebut, adalah menyedihkan apabila orang Melayu sanggup memburuk-burukkan dan menghancurkan perniagaan bangsanya sendiri. Pelan perniagaan yang bagus terjejas akibat mainan politik orang Melayu sendiri.

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Rafizi Ramli jailed 30 months for breaching Bafia

SHAH ALAM: After seven years of trial, PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli was sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Sessions Court today for exposing the bank account details related to National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) and its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

Fomer Public Bank clerk Johari Mohamad, 47, who was charged with abetting Rafizi, 41, was also sentenced to 30 months’ jail after both of them were convicted.

In sentencing the duo, judge Zamri Bakar said the court found that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case. “After making maximum evaluation, the court finds that the prosecution has successfully proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and therefore both accused are found guilty of the charges,” Zamri said.

Rafizi and Johari looked at each other immediately after the verdict was delivered in the courtroom which was filled with supporters. In mitigation, counsel Ahmad Nizam Hamid, who represented the Pandan MP, said the act by his client was committed as a sense of public responsibilty.

“He is a Member of Parliament who was chosen by the people and he made the disclosure as a sense of responsibility to the public and his duty to inform people about the issue faced by NFC,” Nizam said, adding that his client had not gained any profit from the act.

Meanwhile, counsel Latheefa Koya, who represented Johari, in pleading for leniency said there was no evidence by the prosecution that her client had benefitted from the offence.

“This is his first offence.. He has no prior criminal record,” she said, adding that Johari who is a father of three was the sole breadwinner of his family.

Deputy public prosecutor Lailawati Ali urged for deterrent sentence to both accused as it was a serious offence.

“All banking details are confidential and must be protected by the banks,” she said, adding that what Rafizi and Johari did might make not only Malaysians but foreign investers lose confidence in banking institutions.

Lailawati submitted that Johari who had worked for the bank for 17 years should know better to protect all banking information that he had access to.

“I’m afraid if a heavy penalty is not meted out, the public will get the wrong message that such offence is not serious,” she said.

Lailawati proposed a minimum RM500,000 fine and a six-month jail term to be imposed on both accused.

Nizam applied for a stay of execution pending appeal.

Zamri maintained the bail of RM15,000 with one surety for each accused pending appeal.

A total of 19 prosecution witnesses were called to testify in the trial while Rafizi and Johari testified in their own defence.

On Aug 1, 2012, Rafizi pleaded not guilty to disclosing four statements of accounts belonging to Public Bank Bhd customers – NFC, National Meat and Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience and Industries Sdn Bhd and NFC chairman Mohamad Salleh – to two individuals identified as Yusuf Abdul Alim and Erle Martin Carvalho.

The offence was committed at the PKR head office in Merchant Square, Jalan Tropicana Selatan, Petaling Jaya, on March 7 the same year.

On the same day Johari was charged with conspiring with Rafizi.

Both of them were charged under Sections 97(1) and 112(1)(c) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia), punishable under Section 103 (1) (a) of the same Act, which carries a maximum jail term of three years or a maximum fine of RM3 million or both, upon conviction.

NEW STRAITS TIMES by KHAIRAH N. KARIM
February 7, 2018 @ 11:12am

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Rafizi gets 30 months’ jail for exposing NFC banking details

SHAH ALAM: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli has been sentenced by a Sessions Court here to 30 months in jail for exposing confidential banking details relating to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.

Former bank clerk Johari Mohamad, who was charged with abetting Rafizi, was also found guilty and sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment.

Sessions Court judge Zamri Bakar passed the sentence after finding both accused guilty at the end of the defence’s case.

“After making a maximum evaluation, the court finds that the defence of the first and second accused failed to raise reasonable doubt.

“The two accused are found guilty and convicted of the charges,” he said Wednesday.

Zamri, however, allowed a stay of execution pending appeal and maintained bail at RM15,000 for each of the accused.

Rafizi was charged with having access to four customer profile documents pertaining to the balance summaries of NFCorp, National Meat and Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, and NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

He was accused of exposing the said documents to a media consultant and journalist at the PKR headquarters at Merchant Square, Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1 on March 7, 2012.

He was charged under Section 97(1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia) on secrecy.

Johari was accused of abetting Rafizi to commit the alleged offence at the same place and date.

DPPs Lailawati Ali dan Steve Chin appeared for the prosecution.

Rafizi was represented by lawyers Ahmad Nizam Hamid and Mohd Falihin Kamil Mohd Sazali while Johari was represented by lawyer Latheefa Koya.

THE STAR by NURBAITI HAMDAN
February 7, 2018 @ 11:01am

NEWS RELEASE prepared and issued on behalf of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact us at nfcorp.media@gmail.com.

 

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High Court awards NFCorp and chairman RM200,000 in legal suit against PKR’s Rafizi Ramli

 

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KUALA LUMPUR — The Kuala Lumpur High Court today ruled in favour for National Feedlot Corporation and its chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail in their legal suit brought against PKR’s secretary-general Rafizi Ramli.

Judicial commissioner Azizul Azmi bin Adnan awarded Datuk Salleh RM150,000 and NFCorp RM50,000. He also awarded RM100,000 in collective costs to the plaintiffs and allowed for an injunction against Rafizi from further publishing.

In the suit, the plaintiffs had stated that the purchase of eight KL Eco City office properties by Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail and his son was a private purchase. Public Bank Berhad’s letter of offer had only stipulated that the security of the loan included the properties, deed of assignment and irrevocable power of attorney, and nothing more.

Rafizi had based his allegations on confidential banking information obtained from Public Bank Berhad without the consent from the plaintiffs. These documents were the bank’s internal confidential management documents for client collateral accounts in assessing the merits for loans by the bank’s senior management. In court testimony, Public Bank had confirmed that no loans had been taken for these properties.

The plaintiffs had pleaded that Rafizi’s statements were published at a time when there was heightened expectation of a general election. The fact that Datuk Dr Salleh was the husband of a ranking cabinet minister and the fact that the impugned statement made more mention of the cabinet minister, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (mentioned seven times) than it did either Plaintiff was clearly intended to garner maximum interest.

In his judgement, Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi said that the statements by Rafizi had, “the effect of lowering the estimation of the plaintiffs in the eyes of the public.”

“This is in my view defamatory of the plaintiffs as it suggested that public funds had been spent in the purchase of properties in the private names of the directors.”

In a statement to the media, NFCorp chairman said, “Alhamdulillah. We are thankful to Allah for His gracious blessings and strength in this matter.

“We are also thankful to Yang Ariff Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi bin Adnan for his learned wisdom, patience and understanding, having arrived at this decision. Finally, the truth prevails.

“Since late 2011, the Malaysian Government, National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd, its directors and my wife have had to endure a spate of unwarranted vicious attacks by the opposition and those out to take advantage against us. Today, the air is cleared.

“Our gratitude is also extended to the legal team, the public relations consultants and the management team for their untiring efforts in this matter all these years.”

Datuk Dr Salleh and NFCorp were represented by counsels Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Datuk M David Morais, Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing, Sara Ann Chay Sue May and Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad.

NEWS RELEASE prepared and issued on behalf of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd by public relations consulting firm GRA Communications Sdn Bhd. FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Ghazalie Abdullah at +6017 3361090 or ghazalie@gra-pr.com.

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NFCorp succeeds in obtaining full investigations papers on confidential banking leak by Public Bank

KUALA LUMPUR — Lawyers acting for National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd, its group of companies and its chairman (plaintiffs) today succeeded in obtaining the full investigation papers on a banking leak by Public Bank Berhad.

The bank today surrendered the missing 20 pages of a 45-page report including information on the identities of the prosecuting officer and the three-member panel that sat in a domestic inquiry investigating the leak. Public Bank also provided the notes to an audit investigation conducted on their employee Johari Mohammad.

Earlier at the last case management on 9 June, twenty pages had been removed and excluded from a 45-page transcript of the domestic inquiry. The identities of the prosecuting officer and the three-member panel that sat in the domestic inquiry had also been erased. The plaintiffs believe there is likely vital information in the missing 20 pages, almost half the investigation report.

The court had on 13 April this year allowed for the discovery order to compel Public Bank to disclose all domestic investigation papers arising from the disclosure of confidential banking information of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd and its group of companies including the personal bank accounts of all its directors and chairman.

Twenty-five bank accounts and eight collateral accounts were leaked and disclosed by the bank.

With the documents now provided to the plaintiffs, counsel acting for the NFCorp chairman and group of companies, Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said that they hope the bank will settle the matter amicably with a reasonable settlement without going for a full trial. The next case management to report outcomes is scheduled for 29 July.

On 22 May 2012, the plaintiffs had filed a suit against Public Bank Berhad. The plaintiffs stated that their business, reputation and credibility had suffered irreparable loss and damage as a result of the bank’s security breach in exposing the confidential banking information of its bank accounts at Public Bank Berhad

The discovery was sought as the documents were relevant to the action and were and have been in the possession, custody or power of Public Bank Berhad.

Judge Datuk John Louis O’Hara had granted the order in chambers after hearing the application in open court. The order was given under Order 24 Rule 12 of the Rules of Court 2012.

Public Bank was initially given 21 days to fulfill the discovery order but failed to fully comply satisfactorily.

National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp), National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, Real Food Company Sdn Bhd and NFCorp chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail had sought for all documents and transcripts of the domestic enquiry held in respect to one of Public Bank Berhad’s employees Johari Mohamad.

Johari had also been charged separately under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, 1989 (BAFIA) for the offence.

Datuk Salleh and the NFCorp group were represented by counsels Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Datuk M David Morais, Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing, Sara Ann Chay Sue May and Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad.

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Public Bank Berhad fails to submit full investigation report – 20 pages removed and excluded

KUALA LUMPUR — Lawyers acting for National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd, its group of companies and its chairman (plaintiffs), have today raised a complaint on Public Bank Berhad to the Kuala Lumpur High Court for failing to fully comply with a discovery order for its investigation papers on a banking leak.

Twenty pages had been removed and excluded from a 45-page transcript of a domestic inquiry investigating how confidential banking information of customers were leaked by its employee. The plaintiffs believe there is likely key information in the missing 20 pages, almost half the report.

The court had on 13 April this year allowed for the discovery order to compel Public Bank to disclose all domestic investigation papers arising from the disclosure of confidential banking information of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd and its group of companies including the personal bank accounts of all its directors and chairman.

Twenty-five bank accounts and eight collateral accounts were leaked and disclosed.

The discovery was sought as the documents were relevant to the action and were and have been in the possession, custody or power of Public Bank Berhad.

Judge Datuk John Louis O’Hara had granted the order in chambers after hearing the application in open court. The order was given under Order 24 Rule 12 of the Rules of Court 2012.

Public Bank was given 21 days to fulfill the discovery order but failed to fully comply satisfactorily.

National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp), National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, Real Food Company Sdn Bhd and NFCorp chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail had sought for all documents and transcripts of the domestic enquiry held in respect to one of Public Bank Berhad’s employees Johari Mohamad.

Johari had also been charged separately under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, 1989 (BAFIA) for the offence.

On 22 May 2012, the plaintiffs had filed a suit against Public Bank Berhad. The plaintiffs stated that their business, reputation and credibility had suffered irreparable loss and damage as a result of the bank’s security breach in exposing the confidential banking information of its bank accounts at Public Bank Berhad.

Datuk Salleh and the NFCorp group were represented by counsels Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Datuk M David Morais, Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing, Sara Ann Chay Sue May and Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad.

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Rafizi admits confidential banking info is from Public Bank

KUALA LUMPUR — The Kuala Lumpur High Court heard Friday that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) then strategy director Rafizi Ramli had received confidential banking information of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp), its group of companies, chairman and its directors from a Public Bank Berhad officer.

Rafizi made this revelation in his testimony before judicial commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan when asked by Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail’s counsel Datuk M David Morais.

Cautioned on his statement twice by Morais, Rafizi testified that he had first received an envelope at his office that contained the confidential banking information. About a month or so later, he then received a late night missed call that he returned and subsequently discovered that the confidential banking information was from a Public Bank Berhad officer named Johari Mohammad.

“I only know the so-called person who obtained this much later when I got a call that he was apprehended by Public Bank’s internal department,” testified Rafizi.

Rafizi also added that Johari had also sent him an SMS to introduce himself.

“The only conversation I had so far was that well, Johari was the officer of Public Bank and he obtained it.”

Prior to the introduction, Rafizi had used the confidential banking information to stage a news conference on 7 March 2012 to reveal the information in connection to Dr. Salleh’s personal investment.

Rafizi testified that he believed the documents to be genuine, saying that he relied on his vast experience in interpreting such banking information.

He also confirmed that he had presented the confidential banking information from Public Bank as documentary evidence at his news conference to support his allegations.

Morais then took Rafizi to task on how the documents could have been authentic when it was merely deposited at his door and that it had not been verified, considering that Rafizi was an auditor and a politician to be taken seriously on public accountability.

The plaintiffs have pleaded that as a result Salleh was charged by the Attorney General; that Salleh’s wife Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, a Federal Cabinet minister had had to resign; and that the revelations had caused losses, and put in abeyance the National Feedlot project.

MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, publisher of the Internet news portal MalaysiaKini was also named in the suit for having broadcast and published the revelations and slanders.

In the cross examination by Morais, Rafizi testified that he had since November 2011 issued 47 press statements in connection with NFCorp. Morais suggested that these statements were politically motivated as the majority had referenced Salleh’s wife, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, a Federal Cabinet minister at that time.

Despite Rafizi denying any malice, Morais quoted more than a dozen statements tendered in court that incorporated ‘Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’ and underscored how audiences would have perceived and reacted to the derogatory inferences.

Earlier in the week, Salleh had testified that twenty-five bank accounts and eight collateral accounts had been disclosed.

“Rafizi had no business to probe into my private banking information and to disclose it to the general public,” said Salleh.

What was worse was that Rafizi had fabricated lies that included the false allegation he was not able to repay non-existent loans for a year, said Salleh.

In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs have sought for general damages, exemplary damages, aggravated damages, interest, costs and other appropriate reliefs from the court. The suit is for damages suffered by the plaintiffs as a result of the lies, distortions, misrepresentations and fabrications, and the subsequent slander by the defendants.

NFCorp and its chairman had filed the legal suit against Rafizi Ramli and MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd in the High Court at Kuala Lumpur on 3 June 2013.

The plaintiffs are represented by counsels Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Datuk M David Morais, Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing, Sara Ann Chay Sue May and Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad.

Counsel Razlan Hadri acting for Rafizi told the court that Rafizi together with Public Bank clerk Johari have in a separate matter, been charged for breaching the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, 1989, (BAFIA).

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