Kuala Lumpur :National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail decries what he believes is PKR’s Pandan MP RafiziRamli’s attempt at delaying justice for Mohamad Salleh and NFC.
He says this of Rafizi’s move to challenge the constitutionality of the Banking and Financial Institution Act (Bafia), which he is charged under for his exposes on NFC in 2012.
“This application to challenge Bafia is actually an attempt by Rafizi to delay the trial of the charges against him and Public Bank Berhad clerk Johari Mohamad and thus by extension, delaying and denying NFC and my entitlement to justice and punishment on the very people who had wronged NFC and me,” Mohamad Salleh said.
In a statement, Mohamad Salleh said his lawyers advised him that Rafizi (left) is merely mounting a futile attempt at escaping conviction under the Bafia.
“I am sure that he is certainly afraid to face the charges against him in view that he clearly lied, distorted and misrepresented confidential banking information by exposing such and breaking banking laws.
“And he knows that he is certainly guilty of such and he is not a whistleblower,” Mohamad Salleh said.
Rafizi filed the constitutional challenge after the Federal Court dismissed his appeal to strike out the Bafia charge for leaking banking information.
Rafizi had on March 7, 2012 revealed to a press conference details of Mohamad Salleh and his children’s bank accounts with Public Bank, to allege that the family had took on loans to purchase KL Eco City properties.
Rafizi alleged that Mohamad Salleh, who is husband of then cabinet minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil(right), and their children used a government loan as leverage to obtain other loans to buy private properties.
This was later proven to be untrue.
PKR before that exposed that NFC had used part of the RM250 million government loan to purchase a luxury condominium One Menerung in Kuala Lumpur.
The government loan to NFC, owned by Mohamad Salleh and his children, for the National Feedlot Centre project.
The Auditor-General ticked off the Agriculture and Agri-based Industry Ministry after the project did not meet its targets.
The family said it purchased the One Menerung unit as investment to offset any loss caused by inflation, while waiting for the government to build a promised abattoir.