Companies belonged to NFCorp, not Shahrizat

Lies and misrepresentations politically motivated

KUALA LUMPUR — The Kuala Lumpur High Court was today told that National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC) was a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp). The restaurants Meatworks were also wholly-owned by Real Food Company Sdn Bhd (RFC), a related company of NMLC. At no time ever had Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil any shares in these companies in the group.

NFCorp chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail testified in a cross examination that PKR’s then strategy director Rafizi Ramli had however cast aspersions to smear and defame him, his family and his wife who was a Federal Cabinet Minister of Women, Family and Community Development when Rafizi claimed in a derogatory fashion in the public domain that the companies were Shahrizat’s.

Datuk Dr Salleh and NFCorp (plaintiffs) are suing Rafizi for vicious slanders that riled the public and which led to public outrage, scorn, disgrace and embarrassment. MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, publishers of the Internet news portal MalaysiaKini is also named in the suit for having broadcast and published the slanders.

The defamatory suit is over Rafizi Ramli having had in a news conference on 7 March 2012, alleged that Datuk Dr Salleh had abused a RM71 million government loan deposit placed at the bank as leverage to obtain personal loans. Rafizi also claimed that Datuk Dr Salleh had defaulted on the servicing of the purported loans for eight KL Eco City office lots with arrears from March 2011 to February 2012, and therefore, was apt to jeopardize the government loan deposit placed at the bank. Rafizi also claimed that Datuk Dr Salleh was not credit worthy as his bank account had shown a paltry balance of RM421.

The allegations were all made using confidential bank documents from Public Bank Berhad which Rafizi distributed to the media to support his wild claims of lies, distortions and misrepresentations.

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.

No such loans taken to cause jeopardy

According to documents tendered in court, no loans had ever been taken by the plaintiffs from Public Bank Berhad for the purchase of the eight KL Eco City properties that formed the basis of the false accusations hurled by Rafizi Ramli.

The accusations had caused tremendous public outrage, resulting in a severe loss of income, and ultimately the collapse of the business with loss of jobs for over 250 employees at the plaintiffs’ feedlot, abattoir and restaurants, added Datuk Dr Salleh.

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.

Posted in 2016, Releases |

Tiada kebenaran diberikan kepada Public Bank maupun Rafizi Ramli untuk mendedahkan maklumat perbankan : Salleh

KUALA LUMPUR — Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini diberitahu bahawa Public Bank Berhad tidak diberi kuasa untuk mendedahkan maklumat perbankan sulit pengerusi National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) Sdn Bhd dan kumpulan syarikatnya. 25 akaun bank dan 8 akaun cagaran beliau telah didedahkan.

Pengerusi NFCorp, Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail berkata demikian dalam keterangannya di hadapan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Azizul Azmi Adnan ketika disoal oleh peguam MalaysiaKini, K Shanmuga semasa pemeriksaan balas.

Datuk Dr Salleh juga mengesahkan bahawa beliau telah melantik sebuah syarikat perunding perhubungan awam GRA Communications untuk menguruskan perhubungan media mengenai NFCorp dan syarikat-syarikatnya.  Firma perunding tersebut telah mengeluarkan kenyataan media bahawa KL Eco City adalah pembelian hartanah peribadi dan tiada kaitan dengan NFCorp.

Kenyataan media itu telah dihantar sebagai maklumbalas kepada sidang akhbar 7 Mac 2012 di mana Rafizi Ramli telah membuat kenyataan fitnah dan merosakkan reputasi dengan menggunakan dokumen kewangan Salleh daripada Public Bank.

Dalam pemeriksaan balas tersebut, Salleh berkata pelaburan tersebut adalah pelaburan peribadi maka Rafizi tidak berhak mendapatkan maklumat daripada Public Bank dan mendedah perihal pinjaman dan pelaburan peribadi di KL Eco City kepada orang awam. Salleh berkata apa yang lebih teruk adalah apabila Rafizi telah berbohong dan mendakwa Salleh tidak mampu untuk membayar balik pinjaman yang tidak wujud itu selama tempoh setahun.

Menurut Salleh lagi, Rafizi menuduh bahawa kegagalan beliau untuk membuat bayaran balik kepada pinjaman yang tidak wujud tersebut telah menyebabkan deposit pinjaman kerajaan sebanyak RM71.3 juta di bank tersebut berada di dalam keadaan tidak selamat dan dirampas oleh pihak Bank.

Semasa pemeriksaan semula oleh peguamnya Datuk M David Morais, Salleh menjelaskan bahawa sebenarnya tawaran pinjaman yang ditawarkan kepadanya dan anaknya oleh Public Bank telah ditarik balik pada 4 Januari 2012. Tambah Salleh lagi, surat tawaran tersebut juga tidak menetapkan apa-apa ketetapan berhubung dengan cagaran tambahan kerana bangunan yang bakal dibeli itu, dijadikan sebagai cagaran, yang mana adalah perkara biasa.

Kenyataan Rafizi bahawa Salleh gagal membayar balik pinjaman lapan unit lot pejabat KL Eco City serta mempunyai tunggakan dari bulan Mac 2011 hingga Februari 2012, yang akan menjejaskan deposit pinjaman kerajaan yang ditempatkan di bank tersebut sebagai satu fitnah yang palsu dan merosakkan. Rafizi juga mendakwa Salleh tidak mempunyai kelayakan kredit kerana akaun bank peribadinya hanya mempunyai baki RM421.

“Ini adalah satu lagi bukti pembohongan Rafizi dengan menggunakan maklumat akaun pinjaman pembelian hartanah lain dari Public Bank yang kononnya akaun tersebut adalah akaun peribadi untuk membuktikan bahawa saya tidak mampu membuat bayaran balik”, ujar Salleh lagi.

Datuk Dr Salleh dan NFCorp  sebagai plaintif-plaintiff,  telah menyaman Rafizi  kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan fitnah yang berunsurkan pembohongan, putar belit bertujuan untuk memberi gambaran yang Salleh telah menyalahgunakan pinjaman kerajaan untuk pelaburan peribadi.

Ini telah menyebabkan timbul kemarahan orang ramai serta ahli politik dan agensi-agensi kerajaan terhadap Salleh, Shahrizat dan NFCorp. Pada 11 Mac 2012, 4 hari selepas pembohongan ini, Shahrizat terpaksa melepaskan jawatan beliau sebagai menteri kabinet. Pada 12 Mac 2012 pula Dr. Salleh ditangkap dan didakwa di makamah. Semua aset syarikat di Public Bank, Maybank dan CIMB dirampas pada 14 Mac 2012. Jadi pembohongan Rafizi telah mengelirukan semua memaksa kerajaan  mengambil tindakan di atas.

Di dalam pemeriksaan semula tersebut, Salleh menjelaskan berhubung dengan keupayaannya untuk membayar balik ansuran pinjaman yang dicadangkan bagi lapan unit KL Eco City yang dianggarkan RM60,000 sebulan. Beliau menjelaskan bahawa daripada lapan lot pejabat tersebut, empat akan dijual manakala dari baki empat lot , dua akan disewakan dan dua lagi akan digunakan untuk operasi pejabatnya. Ini akan meletakkan ansuran bulanan yang harus ditanggungnya pada kira-kira RM15,000 sebulan yang mampu dibayar balik  oleh pendapatan  beliau dan anaknya balik.

Salleh juga menjelaskan bahawa NFCorp akan terus menjalankan perniagaan. Pada ketika ini syarikat akan bekerjasama  dengan Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah  untuk projek perladangan kontrak dengan Felcra Berhad. Beliau juga menambah bahawa Kementerian Pertanian telah meminta bantuan beliau dalam projek penternakan tenusu di mana kemudahan NFCorp di Gemas akan digunakan.

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur juga diberitahu bahawa tempoh tiga bulan sebelum pendedahan maklumat sulit perbankannya oleh Rafizi Ramli, pendapatan kumpulan syarikat NFCorp adalah pada paras menaik dan tertinggi. Walaubagaimanapun keadaan terus berubah berikutan pendedahan media pada 7 Mac,  dimana Salleh telah ditahan dan didakwa lima hari kemudian pada 12 Mac. Pihak berkuasa kemudiannya merampas semua akaun banknya berjumlah RM86.4 juta di Public Bank , Maybank dan CIMB pada 14 Mac 2012, sekali gus melumpuhkan perniagaan NFCorp.

Salleh seterusnya  menjelaskan bahawa berikutan daripada pendedahan oleh Rafizi pada 7 Mac 2012 tersebut, kumpulan syarikatnya telah mengalami kemerosotan jualan yang teruk dan enam bulan kemudian setelah baki stoknya susut,  urusan perniagaan NFCorp terus mengalami kerutuhan.

Di dalam pernyataan tuntutannya, plaintif telah memohon ganti rugi am, ganti rugi teladan, ganti rugi teruk, faedah, kos dan relif lain yang sesuai dari mahkamah. Saman itu adalah untuk ganti rugi yang dialami oleh plaintif akibat daripada pembohongan , putar belit, gambaran yang salah, fabrikasi dan fitnah yang telah dilakukan oleh defendan.

Pengerusi NFCorp telah memfailkan saman undang-undang terhadap Rafizi Ramli dan Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur pada 3 Jun 2013.

Plaintif diwakili oleh peguam Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Datuk M Daud Morais , Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing , Sara Ann Chay Sue Mei dan Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad.

Posted in 2016, Releases |

Salleh tells Court he did not authorize Public Bank nor Rafizi Ramli to disclose his banking info

KUALA LUMPUR — The Kuala Lumpur High Court was yesterday told that Public Bank Berhad was not authorized to disclose the confidential banking information of the chairman of National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) Sdn Bhd and his group of companies. Twenty-five bank accounts and eight collateral accounts had been disclosed.

NFCorp chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail said this in his testimony before judicial commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan when asked by MalaysiaKini counsel K Shanmuga during cross-examination.

Datuk Dr Salleh also confirmed that he had appointed a public relations consultancy GRA Communications to manage his media relations and that the consulting firm had issued a media response that the KL Eco City commercial property purchases were private investments and had nothing to do with NFCorp.

The media statement was despatched in response to the news conference of 7 March 2012 in which Rafizi Ramli had cast defamatory and damaging remarks using financial documents from Public Bank.

In the cross exam, Salleh said since it was a private investment, Rafizi had no business to probe into his private banking information and to disclose it to the general public. Salleh added 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.

According to Salleh, Rafizi had also accused him of pledging a RM71.3 million government loan deposit placed at the bank for personal loans that were apt to put the deposit in jeopardy.

Later during re examination by his counsel Datuk M David Morais, it was explained that a loan offered to Salleh and his son by Public Bank was withdrawn in January 2012. Salleh said the offer letter did not stipulate any requirement for additional collateral as the properties would be charged as the collateral.

Rafizi’s claim that Datuk Dr Salleh had defaulted on the servicing of the purported loans for eight KL Eco City office lots with arrears from March 2011 to February 2012, and therefore, was apt to jeopardize the government loan deposit placed at the bank was also false. Rafizi had also claimed that Datuk Dr Salleh was not credit worthy as his personal bank account had shown a paltry balance of RM421.

Datuk Dr Salleh and NFCorp (plaintiffs) are suing Rafizi for lies, distortions and misrepresentations that led to public outrage, scorn, disgrace and embarrassment. MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, publishers of the Internet news portal MalaysiaKini was also named in the suit for having broadcast and published the slanders.

In the re examination, Salleh clarified his ability to repay the proposed installments for the eight KL Eco City property purchases estimated at RM60,000 per month. He explained that of the eight office lots, four would be sold-off. Of the remaining four, two would be rented out and two would be used for his office operations. That would put the monthly installment at approximately RM15,000 per month for the two units which he said he and his son would easily be able to repay.

Salleh also clarified that NFCorp is still continuing to do business. The company is working closely with the Ministry of Rural Development for a project with Felcra. He also added that the Ministry of Agriculture had asked for his assistance in a dairy farming project where NFCorp’s facilities at Gemas would be utilized.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court was also told that in the three months leading to the disclosure of confidential banking information by Rafizi Ramli, revenue was on an upward trend. However, following the disclosure on 7 March, Salleh was arrested and charged five days later on 12 March. The authorities then seized all his bank accounts totaling RM86.4 million at Public Bank, Maybank and CIMB on 14 March 2012, thus crippling NFCorp’s business.

Salleh explained that following the 7 March disclosure by Rafizi, sales dipped and soon after the remaining stocks of cattle were depleted in the six months that followed, the business of NFCorp dived further and collapsed.

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.

 

Posted in 2016, Releases |

NFCorp chairman completely acquitted and discharged of all criminal charges by sessions court

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  • No misappropriation of loan, no Criminal Breach of Trust
  • RM250 million a commercial loan, not a grant from public funds
  • Loan installments paid on time
  • Property purchase made by NFCorp subsidiary company as an investment for NFCorp according to terms and conditions of the loan agreement, and not purchased by Datuk Salleh in his name or for personal or family gain
  • Court of Appeal recommended for Datuk Salleh to seek redress with AG

KUALA LUMPUR — The sessions court presided by judge Puan Nursharidah Awang today completely acquitted and discharged National Feedlot Corporation chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail of all criminal charges in view of the decision of the Attorney-General who has decided to drop the charges against Datuk Dr Salleh after considering the online pokies facts, evidence and merits of the case, and the recommendation of the Court of Appeal of 28 August 2015 which was brought by way of a representation letter to the AG.

The representation letter included evidence to show that there was no misappropriation of the loan nor CBT. It was also revealed that the RM250 million was a commercial loan, not a grant from public funds, and repayments were paid on time. Properties were purchased by an NFCorp subsidiary company as an investment for NFCorp according to the terms and conditions of the loan agreement, and not purchased by Datuk Salleh in his name or for personal or family gain.

DPP Tuan Syed Faisal Syed Amir appeared for the prosecution while Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing, Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad and Farhah Mustafa appeared for Datuk Dr Salleh.

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 ghazalie@gra-pr.com / +6017 3361090.

Posted in 2015, Releases |

NFCorp chairman granted second interim injunction against Shamsubahrin Ismail

NFCorp July 2015

KUALA LUMPUR — National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail today successfully secured a further second interim injunction until 27 July against former consultant Shamsubahrin Ismail from further uttering frivolous and malicious statements against Datuk Dr Salleh.

The second interim injunction was granted in the Kuala Lumpur High Court by Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Abd Wahab on the grounds that the statements uttered by Shamsubahrin had been defamatory, that the statements were not true, and that there was evidence of further publication.

The interim injunction prevents Shamsubahrin from making any further unfounded allegations on the use of the RM250 million loan, proclaiming a political conspiracy surrounding his conviction and that he had been made a scapegoat by slotsdad Datuk Dr Salleh.

Today and for the next thirteen days, Shamsubahrin Ismail is to desist from further uttering or publishing or causing to be published defamatory statements or similar words and statements and/or passages that are false and/or malicious and/or defamatory of Datuk Dr Salleh.

The systematic campaign of malicious falsehood, slander and libel by Shamsubahrin was first made via a social media website Facebook.com on 19 May 2015 which is accessible to the general public at large, where Shamsubahrin had made defamatory remarks saying he had been made a scapegoat at the expense of an eight-year jail term.

Subsequently, there were another seven postings including one which by way of innuendo invariably scandalized the judiciary and government as well as the MACC, the PDRM, the attorney general and the prime minister of Malaysia when Shamsubahrin claimed that Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and the government administration had convicted him over the NFCorp matter.

The matter would now be further heard at length on 27 July when lawyers for Datuk Dr Salleh would argue the merits in an interparte hearing.

In the event that the Court allows Datuk Dr Salleh’s application, the interim injunction order will take effect up until final disposal of the full trial of the main suit.

Datuk Dr Salleh had claimed that he has been seriously injured in his character, credit, reputation and business and had been brought into public scandal, odium, contempt, distress, embarrassment and humiliation.

Shamsubahrin, Salleh said, had engaged in a systematic campaign of malicious falsehood, slander and libel of the plaintiff with the sole purpose of injuring the reputation, character, credit and business of Datuk Dr Salleh.

In his statement of claim, Datuk Dr Salleh had stated that Shamsubahrin out of anger and spite for his conviction of cheating the plaintiff, engaged in a systematic campaign of malicious falsehood, slander and libel of the plaintiff with the sole purpose of injuring the reputation, character, credit and business of Datuk Dr Salleh.

Lawyers Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing and Syed Ismat Syed Muhamad from the law firm of Al Firdaus Syed Ismat & Co are acting for the plaintiff Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail. Zarina Ismail and Philip Teoh are acting for the defendant Shamsubahrin Ismail.

Notwithstanding a conviction handed down on Shamsubahrin Ismail for five counts of cheating NFCorp’s chairman and 17 counts of money laundering, and being sentenced to eight years imprisonment and four strokes of the whip, the former consultant had not stopped at his vexatious and malicious rants on NFCorp and its chairman.

Moving on, NFCorp will be appearing as a third party to the forfeiture proceedings against Shamsubahrin to reclaim the RM1.75 million.

Posted in 2015, July, Releases |

Challenge on BAFIA charge, a delay tactic by Rafizi Ramli, says NFCorp

KUALA LUMPUR — Pandan MP and PKR secretary-general RafiziRamli’s move to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed BAFIA banking law he was charged with violating in his exposés on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) in 2012, is a futile attempt to avoid conviction.

“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 NFCorp and my entitlement to justice and punishment on the very people who had wronged NFCorp and me,” said Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh, Chairman of NFCorp.

“I have consulted my lawyers and have been advised that it is pointless for Rafizi to challenge the constitutionality of BAFIA as the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court had unanimously opined and ruled that the charges against Rafizi under BAFIA are not mala fide, oppressive or politically motivated. Hence Rafizi’s application is certainly redundant and res-judicata as the Courts had already decided on the said issue before.

“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.

“I believe that if he is convicted, he would be disqualified as a member of parliament and that is something he is trying to avoid and delay.”

RafiziRamli together with Public Bank Berhad’sex employee Johari Mohamad were arrested and charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on 1 August 2012 for violating Section 97 (1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, 1989 (BAFIA). The case is now awaiting commencement of trial.

NFCorp lawyers said that if RafiziRamli is found guilty, he could be liable to a fine of up to RM3 million and a three-year imprisonment, and he could also lose his MP status.

In a separate legal suit, RafiziRamli is to answer in the High Court at Kuala Lumpur for wrongful allegations made against NFCorp, its companies and its chairman (plaintiffs) when he lied, distorted and misrepresented this same confidential banking information to the utter detriment of the plaintiffs and their businesses.

RafiziRamli had on 7 March 2012 alleged, lied, distorted, misrepresented and fabricated to the public at his news conference that chairman Datuk Dr Salleh had defaulted on the servicing of loans for eight KL Eco City office lots with arrears from March 2011 to February 2012, and therefore, was apt to jeopardize a government loan deposit placed at the bank.

However, according to documents tendered in court, no loans had ever been taken by the plaintiffs from Public Bank Berhad for the purchase of the KL Eco City properties that formed the basis of the false accusations hurled by Rafizi which resulted in public outrage and a severe loss of business income.

To fortify his groundless accusations, Rafizi had distributed 21 Public Bank Berhad accounts of NFCorp and its group of companies, as well as the personal accounts of the chairman and directors to mislead the mainstream news media, the electronic media, and Internet news portals.

The trial of the legal suit brought by NFCorp and its chairman against RafiziRamli is scheduled for October 2015.

Posted in 2015, Releases |

Takut hilang kelayakan ahli Parlimen punca Rafizi cabar Bafia, kata NFCorp

 

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Permohonan Setiausaha Agung PKR Rafizi Ramli mencabar keperlembagaan Akta Bank dan Institusi-institusi Kewangan (Bafia) adalah kerana takut didapati bersalah sekali gus hilang kelayakan sebagai ahli Parlimen, kata NFCorp.

Pengerusinya, Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail (gambar, kiri) berkata permohonan itu jelas menunjukkan Rafizi cuba melengah-lengahkan pertuduhan terhadapnya dan kerani Public Bank Berhad Johari Mohamad.

“Saya yakin beliau sangat takut berdepan tuduhan terhadapnya dengan beranggapan beliau jelas berbohong, memutar belit dan mendedahkan maklumat sulit bank.

“Beliau tahu beliau jelas bersalah kerana dirinya bukanlah seorang pemberi maklumat.

“Saya percaya jika beliau didapati bersalah, beliau akan kehilangan kelayakan sebagai seorang ahli Parlimen dan itu yang cuba dielak dan ditangguhkan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Rafizi merupakan ahli Parlimen Pandan penggal pertama dan juga naib presiden PKR.

Beliau bersama Johari pada Ogos 2012 dituduh di Mahkamah Sesyen Shah Alam melanggar Seksyen 97 (1) Bafia.

Jika didapati bersalah, Rafizi boleh didenda sehingga RM3 juta dan penjara tiga tahun sekali gus kehilangan status ahli Parlimen.

Salleh berkata, dengan permohonan Rafizi mencabar keperlembagaan Bafia, ia melengahkan dan menafikan keadilan terhadap dirinya dan NFCorp serta hukuman kepada yang bersalah.

“Saya sudah merujuk peguam dan dinasihati, tidak guna Rafizi mencabar keperlembagaan Bafia kerana Mahkamah Tinggi, Mahkamah Rayuan dan Mahkamah Persekutuan sebulat suara berpendapat dan memutuskan, tuduhan terhadap Rafizi di bawah Bafia, bukan mala fide, menindas atau bermotifkan politik,” katanya.

Rafizi pada Isnin memfailkan dokumen di pejabat pendaftar Mahkamah Shah Alam untuk mencabar keperlembagaan Bafia bagi membolehkan kes berkenaan dipindahkan ke Mahkamah Tinggi.

Peguamnya N Surendran berkata, cabaran itu dibuat berikutan Bafia ialah undang-undang zalim sama seperti Akta Hasutan.

“Tuduhan itu cacat kerana pihak pendakwaan tidak perlu membuktikan niat jenayah yang dikatakan itu,” katanya kepada pemberita.

Surendran berkata, pertuduhan terhadap Rafizi dan Johari yang didakwa melakukan konspirasi perlu dilucutkan kerana Bafia sudah dimansuhkan dan digantikan dengan Akta Perkhidmatan Kewangan 2013.

Beliau berkata, tidak ada sebab untuk pendakwa raya meneruskan kes itu kerana kedua-dua tertuduh sudah mendedahkan penyalahgunaan kuasa yang bertindak atas kepentingan awam.

Surendran berkata, permohonan itu difailkan mengikut Seksyen 30 Akta Kehakiman Mahkamah 1964.

“Kami akan meminta Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen merujuk tiga soalan perlembagaan kepada Mahkamah Tinggi,” katanya.

Rafizi pada bulan Ogos 2012 didakwa mendedahkan empat dokumen profil pelanggan Public Bank pada ringkasan imbangan NFCorp, National Meat and Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd dan Salleh.

Beliau didakwa mendedahkan dokumen kepada perunding media Yusuf Abdul Alim dan wartawan The Star Erle Martin Carvalho di ibu pejabat PKR di Petaling Jaya pada 7 Mac 2012.

Pada 10 September, 2012, Rafizi memfailkan permohonan di Mahkamah Tinggi untuk menggugurkan pertuduhan atas alasan pendakwaannya bertentangan dengan dasar umum kerana mendedahkan penyalahgunaan dana awam.

Beliau kemudian mengemukakan rayuan kepada Mahkamah Rayuan selepas permohonannya ditolak Mahkamah Tinggi pada 23 November 2012.

Pada 23 Mei 2013, Mahkamah Rayuan menolak rayuan Rafizi untuk menggugurkan pertuduhan itu. – 22 April, 2015.

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Rafizi bid to challenge repealed banking law a delay tactic, says NFC boss

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The National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) said RafiziRamli’s bid to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) is a delay tactic by the PKR secretary-general to avoid facing trial for allegedly leaking confidential bank details linked to NFC.

NFC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail (pic) said the Pandan MP’s application was futile, pointless and an attempt to avoid conviction and disqualification as an MP.

“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 NFCorp and me, our entitlement to justice and punishment on the very people who had wronged NFCorp and me.

“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.

“I believe that if he is convicted, he would be disqualified as a member of parliament and that is something he is trying to avoid and delay,” he said in a statement today.

Salleh, who is the husband of former minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, said the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court had unanimously ruled that the charges against Rafizi under Bafia are not mala fide, oppressive or politically motivated.

“Hence, Rafizi’s application is certainly redundant and res-judicata as the courts had already decided on the said issue before.”

Rafizi on Monday filed an application to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Act.

His lawyer, N. Surendran said they will be requesting the Sessions Court judge to refer three constitutional questions to the High Court, which violated Rafizi’s right under Articles 5 and 8 of the supreme law of the land.

The questions are whether:

* an accused person could remain silent during investigation to prevent being incriminated;

* whether an accused person can be charged under Bafia which had been repealed and replaced with another legislation; and

* whetherBafia is unconstitutional as the prosecution need not prove intention, a key ingredient in a criminal trial.

Rafizi was charged in August 2012 with revealing four Public Bank customer-profile documents on the balance summaries of the NFCorp, National Meat and Livestock SdnBhd, Agroscience Industries SdnBhd and Salleh.

He allegedly disclosed the documents to media consultant Yusuf Abdul Alim and to The Star reporter Erle Martin Carvalho, at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya on March 7, 2012.

On September 10, 2012, Rafizi filed an application in the High Court to strike out the charge on grounds that it was against public policy to charge him for revealing alleged abuse of public funds.

He appealed to the Court of Appeal after his application was dismissed by the High Court on November 23, 2012.

On May 23, 2013, the Court of Appeal dismissed Rafizi’s appeal to strike out the charge.

The case is scheduled to be heard next week.

In a separate legal suit in Kuala Lumpur High Court, NFCorp and its chairman is suing Rafizi for wrongful allegations about the same confidential banking information, made against NFCorp, its companies and its chairman to the detriment of their businesses.

The suit hearing is scheduled for October 2015. – April 22, 2015

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NFC boss: Rafizi denying me justice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NFCorp: Challenge on BAFIA, a delay tactic by Rafizi

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If RafiziRamli is found guilty, he could be liable to a fine of up to RM3 million and a three-year imprisonment, and he could also lose his MP status.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pandan MP and PKR secretary-general RafiziRamli’s move to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed BAFIA banking law he was charged with violating in his exposés on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) in 2012, is an attempt to avoid conviction.

“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 NFCorp and my entitlement to justice and punishment on the very people who had wronged NFCorp and me,” said Dr Mohamad Salleh, Chairman of NFCorp.

“I have consulted my lawyers and have been advised that it is pointless for Rafizi to challenge the constitutionality of BAFIA as the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court had unanimously opined and ruled that the charges against Rafizi under BAFIA are not mala fide, oppressive or politically motivated. Hence Rafizi’s application is certainly redundant and res-judicata as the Courts had already decided on the said issue before.

“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.

“I believe that if he is convicted, he would be disqualified as a member of parliament and that is something he is trying to avoid and delay.”

Rafizi together with Public Bank Berhad’sex employee Johari were arrested and charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on 1 August 2012 for violating Section 97 (1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, 1989 (BAFIA). The case is now awaiting commencement of trial.

If RafiziRamli is found guilty, he could be liable to a fine of up to RM3 million and a three-year imprisonment, and he could also lose his MP status.

 

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