NFCorp chairman applies in the appeal to strike out CBT charges as there is no case

KUALA LUMPUR — The Kuala Lumpur High Court today heard an application to strike out two CBT charges against National Feedlot Corporation chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail for RM9.1 million and RM40 million.

The court was told that National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) had taken a loan of RM250 million and the sum was not a grant. Thus, the matter would be of a civil nature and not criminal, emphasised Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, legal counsel acting for NFCorp chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

“This money has legally passed to NFCorp and is no longer the government’s money. NFCorp has an obligation to repay the loan subsequently. Therefore, NFCorp is not the trustee for the fund for the government,” said Shafee.

Judge Datuk Mohd Azman bin Husin presided today.

The court was told that at an NFCorp Board Meeting No 16 held on 22 December 2010, the auditor had during the tabling of the audited FY2009 Financial Report, informed the board of the advance of RM81,324,745 from NFCorp to National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC), a related company in the NFCorp group.

The amount was inclusive of the RM40 million and RM9,758,140 stated in the CBT charges. Continue reading

Posted in 2015, January, Releases |

Not only clerk but 4 other Public Bank employees snooped into Salleh’s bank accounts

KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court at Kuala Lumpur before Justice Datuk John Louis O’Hara today heard that aside from a bank clerk from the Jinjang branch, four other bank employees from unrelated divisions at Public Bank Berhad had at about the same time snooped into the private bank accounts of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp), its related companies, its directors including its chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

“Yang Arif. The opposition had consulted and verified with Public Bank on my confidential banking information many times, not once, not twice but three times,” said Datuk Salleh in his testimony today.

Datuk Salleh had made this discovery after investigations by the Director of IT at Public Bank had revealed that three officers from the PB Card Services and Support Division, the Labuan Branch, and Deposit and Channel Management at its headquarters, had pried into the Plaintiffs’ accounts. One other was from the headquarters that the bank’s mainframe system was unable to identify. These branches, departments and divisions had no connection to the plaintiffs who maintained their bank accounts at the Jalan Hang Lekiu branch. Continue reading

Posted in 2014, December, Releases |

Nurul Izzah Anwar in trouble from Rafizi Ramli’s flawed conjectures

KUALA LUMPUR — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar and PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution (defendants) are both in a tight spot over defamatory remarks cast that were based on falsehoods from flawed conjectures of confidential banking documents.

National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) and its chairman Datuk Dr Mohammad Salleh Ismail (plaintiffs) have taken the two to court for their wrongful actions and allegations.

Mediation talks between the parties were held today and will continue on 9 June 2014. If settlement is not reached, the matter would proceed for case management on 17 June 2014 and thereafter, to a full trial before Justice Datuk Hue Siew Kheng, said NFCorp lawyer Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin. Continue reading

Posted in 2014, May, Releases |

Rafizi Ramli to answer for wrongful allegations against NFCorp and its chairman

KUALA LUMPUR — Case management was called today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court before Justice Datuk John Louis O’Hara for the suit between plaintiffs National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd and its chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, and defendants PKR Strategy Director and MP for Pandan Mohd Rafizi bin Ramli and MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd.

The matter will now proceed for further case management on 3 June 2014 at 4.00 pm at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs seek 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 lies, distortions, misrepresentations and fabrications, and the subsequent slander by the defendants. Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Releases |

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Posted in 2013, October |

‘Shahrizat not part of NFCorp and NFC’

Published in Malay Mail Letters To The Editor, 30 September 2013.

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Posted in 2013, September, Statements |

Of invisible hands and clueless politicians and Heat is on in battle for Wanita chief post

Dear Editor

We refer to the above two articles published in The Malay Mail of Friday 27 September 2013 in which references were made to National Feedlot Corporation and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in bad light.

In the articles, the terms such as “scandal” and “they fear the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) case involving Shahrizat’s husband will affect the movement’s future path, with the possibility of more scandals cropping up before the next general election”, were published.

We write to clarify.

  1. First, the MACC had on 31 May 2012 cleared Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil from any involvement in NFCorp and the NFC project. MACC operations evaluation panel (PPO) chairman Tan Sri Dr Hadenan Abdul Jalil was quoted to have said in a Malaysian Insider report, “The decision to award the contract to the company and to award the loan do not involve her.”
  2. Despite this finding from the highest authority, editors and journalists continue to link NFCorp and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil unfairly.
  3. There are three separate entities here that need to be understood – NFC, NFCorp and Datuk Seri Shahrizat.
  4. Auditor General Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Haji Ambrin Buang in a letter to NFCorp clarified, “Perkara yang menjadi fokus utama pengauditan prestasi yang dijalankan oleh JAN ialah pencapaian projek Pusat Fidlot Nasional (PFN) sejak penubuhannya pada tahun 2006 dan bukannya National Feedlot Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (NFCorp.) sebagai sebuah syarikat. In addition, the AG in clarifying the melodrama and the misreporting that ensued, said,“Jika dibaca keseluruhan LKAN 2010 itu, tidak ada pun disebut perkataan-perkataan seperti kucar kacir, ‘in a mess’ atau pun penyelewengan. Perkataan ini digunakan oleh pihak-pihak lain di luar kawalan Jabatan Audit Negara. Perkara ini telah saya jelaskan dalam kenyataan akhbar saya pada 25 Januari 2012.”
  5. The Auditor General had clearly stated in his report that he had audited Pusat Fidlot Nasional (PFN) and which translated reads National Feedlot Centre, a government project under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry. The Auditor General who audits only the government machinery does not and did not audit private limited companies such as National Feedlot Corporation, established through the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
  6. However, the similarities of their acronyms “NFC” for the two entities above have led to much of the confusion. Which was why, the Auditor General in his 2010 report had distinctly distinguished the entities as PFN and NFCorp. In the translation of PFN into English by both the opposition and the media, the acronym “NFC” was used and which implied both are one and the same.They are not. NFC is a government project. NFCorp is a private limited company. And as the MACC puts it, Datuk Seri Shahrizat is not involved with these entities.
Posted in 2013, September, Statements |

Police reports lodged on Rafizi and Zuraida for abuse of Auditor General’s 2010 report

NFCorp Press Conference

KUALA LUMPUR — Police reports have been lodged against MP for Pandan Mohd Rafizi Ramli and MP for Ampang Zuraida Kamaruddin who had deliberately abused, distorted, and exploited the Auditor General’s 2010 report through media statements that led to the businesses of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) and its related companies, ruined.

Media statements by the two PKR MPs based on conjecture and distortion had not only riled the public but it had also alarmed the government, financial and business communities, and led to the assets of NFCorp and its related companies frozen, and banking facilities withdrawn by financial institutions.

In uncovering evidence of the abuse, lawyers representing NFCorp and its related companies Wan Shahrizal, Hari & Co have advised chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail to lodge the police reports as the Auditor General’s 2010 report had clearly spelt the performance of the Pusat Fidlot Nasional (PFN) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry (MOA) and not NFCorp, a private limited company.

Rafizi Ramli and Zuraida Kamaruddin had in a news conference on 1 November 2011, misrepresented beef production expectations. Rafizi claimed that 330,000 heads of cattle were expected in 2010 when according to the Implementation Agreement signed between the Government and NFCorp, a cumulative 246,000 heads of cattle were only expected four years later in 2014 when the contract farmers under the Entrepreneur Development Programme (EDP) and NFCorp came into full swing.

xFAI_3827xThe AG’s audit had been based on the parameters of the signed Implementation Agreement (see table enclosed) and not on overall statistics of a Government national policy posted on the web that Rafizi had plucked to defame and discredit NFCorp.

The Auditor General’s Report had reported that the PFN did not meet expectations but Rafizi, Zuraida and the opposition insisted that it was NFCorp that did not meet the expectations.

In the accusations, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil was also made to answer her role in NFCorp by the opposition for the PFN’s shortcomings. In May 2012, the MACC had cleared Datuk Seri Shahrizat and that she had nothing to do with the project. The opposition, in particular Rafizi and Zuraida, however continued to slander her in political ceramahs and statements despite an ongoing court case in which Datuk Seri Shahrizat is suing both Rafizi and Zuraida.

In Rafizi Ramli’s blog posted on 1 November 2011, Rafizi had said, “Oleh kerana Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Jalil masih belum bersuara dalam perkara ini, seperti yang dijanjikan minggu lepas, KEADILAN akan menganjurkan satu rombongan menjejaki lembu di Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan pada hari Khamis 3 November 2011 dengan diketuai oleh YB Aminuddin Harun (ADUN Sikamat), Saudara T Kumar (Timbalan Setiausaha Agong) dan Saudara Fariz Musa (Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Pusat) untuk meninjau sendiri prestasi Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan.

Lawyer Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin said, “This move by Parti Keadilan to challenge the findings of the Auditor General Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Haji Ambrin Buang was high-handed. The AG had presented the facts and Rafizi had seen it fit to dispute the audit on PFN with an unauthorized visit to NFCorp’s premises in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan.”

The AG whose task is to audit only government ministries, departments and agencies, had relied on sources from the MOA for its audit on the PFN as stated in his 2010 report.

“Pengauditan ini meliputi aspek perancangan, pelaksanaan dan pemantauan terhadap projek PFN. Semakan terhadap dokumen dan fail yang berkaitan telah dilaksanakan di Bahagian Industri Tanaman, Ternakan Dan Perikanan dan Bahagian Pengairan Dan Saliran Pertanian, Kementerian serta Bahagian Pembangunan Komoditi Ternakan, Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar (JPV). Di samping itu, temu bual dengan pegawai yang terlibat serta lawatan ke tapak PFN juga dilakukan.” (Appendix I)

National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd, a private limited company registered under the Companies Act 1965, was not and never audited by the AG whose jurisdiction did not include. Another company awarded the beef project Lamberts Agricultural Trade (M) Sdn Bhd, also a private limited company, was similarly not audited.

Wan Shahrizal added, “The deliberate distortions and manipulation created by the two and the opposition were politically motivated and aimed at outraging the public, derailing a national food security project to reduce beef imports, as well as jeopardising the creation of 310 contract farmers under the Entrepreneur Development Programme (EDP).

“It was also aimed at ridiculing and undermining the Prime Minister and his government, and at damaging the operations of NFCorp and its related companies. More importantly for the opposition, it was to bring down a Federal cabinet minister and UMNO Wanita chief who commands a voting population of 1.3 million members.”

“We have lodged police reports on Rafizi Ramli and Zuraida Kamaruddin, and will soon be issuing Letters of Demand to commence legal action for both to answer for the damage they have caused to the plaintiffs from abusing, distorting and exploiting the AG’s 2010 report,” added Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin.

The AG’s news release issued 25 January 2012 had clarified, “Perkara yang menjadi fokus utama pengauditan prestasi yang dijalankan oleh JAN ialah pencapaian projek Pusat Fidlot Nasional (PFN) sejak penubuhannya pada tahun 2006 dan bukannya National Feedlot Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (NFCorp.) sebagai sebuah syarikat.” (Appendix II)

Despite the detailed clarity of the MOA’s PFN performance in the AG’s 2010 report, the opposition continued to mislead the public that NFCorp was to be blamed and held responsible.

Zuraida Kamaruddin insisted, “The entire national cattle-farming project is still in a ‘mess’, regardless of who said it. It’s still in a mess, whatever they say and going by the books,” (The Malaysian Insider – 26 January 2012).

Tan Sri Ambrin in his letter to NFCorp had written to clarify, “Jika dibaca keseluruhan LKAN 2010 itu, tidak ada pun disebut perkataan-perkataan seperti kucar kacir, ‘in a mess’ atau pun penyelewengan. Perkataan ini digunakan oleh pihak-pihak lain di luar kawalan Jabatan Audit Negara. Perkara ini telah saya jelaskan dalam kenyataan akhbar saya pada 25 Januari 2012.” (Appendix III and Appendix II)

Datuk Seri Dr Salleh said, “Rafizi and Zuraida capitalized on the AG’s report on PFN and abused it to attack NFCorp, and especially Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil for their political gain to win the GE13. The opposition’s blogs have also continued to slander her incessantly.”

In a separate matter, NFCorp and its chairman have filed a writ of summons in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur against Rafizi Ramli, Free Malaysia Today (FMT), its editor and reporter for defamatory remarks published in an article in FMT dated 9 July 2013 entitled ‘NFC’s RM163 million ‘burnt’.

Another suit against Rafizi Ramli and MalaysiaKini for defamation in respect to the purchase of KL Eco City properties had also been filed. Case management for this matter is set for 13 September 2013.

NFCorp Production Schedule

NFCorp Production Schedule

ABOUT PUSAT FIDLOT NASIONAL (NATIONAL FEEDLOT CENTRE)

The Pusat Fidlot Nasional (PFN) or National Feedlot Centre (NFC) was set up by the Government as a concept zone to meet the goals and objectives in accordance with the National Meat Policy (Ruminant Sector) 2006. They include to develop the National Feedlot Centre concept for commercial and integrated cattle feedlot farming; to establish a beef production system through contract farming with a sustainable and integrated chain of product marketing throughout Malaysia; and to establish an integrated supply chain for beef production involving downstream and upstream activities through companies such as National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd.
To facilitate the attainment of these objectives, the Government and National Feedlot Corporation agreed that the scope of the project would include NFCorp having the mandate to undertake and develop the Project including monitoring, guiding and nurturing contract farmers; subject to existing laws, both parties shall jointly facilitate free movement of any livestock cattle and/or beef for the project throughout Malaysia; and the parties shall cooperate with each other to encourage local cattle farming to progress towards self-sufficiency level of 40% of the total local beef production, increase local beef production in Malaysia, and consequently reduce the importation of sub standard beef so that it meets the objectives of the National Meat Policy.
The PFN/NFC’s success hinged on a government-built Export Quality Abattoir (EQA) capable of slaughtering 350 heads of cattle a day which according to the Auditor General’s 2010 Report had been suspended by the government in May 2009 pending the findings of an independent viability and business model study commissioned by the government. Without an EQA, the slaughter of cattle in large numbers was not possible.
According to the Auditor General, UPM Holdings was appointed to conduct the study in June 2009 which was completed and tabled to the government on 5 April 2011. To date, the government EQA has yet to be constructed to fulfill the aspirations of the government’s National Meat Policy (Ruminant Sector) 2006.

Posted in 2013, August, Releases |

NFCorp clarifies terms of sale

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No variations to the terms of the sale and purchase agreement

KUALA LUMPUR — Following aspersions, distortions, and fabrications on the terms of sale of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) by certain quarters, its Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail today clarified that statements made recently by an opposition MP were inaccurate and untrue.

At a news conference here today, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh said, “The terms of the sales and purchase agreement between NFCorp and Kirimitonas Agro Sdn Bhd would see the latter purchasing the entire shares of NFCorp and its related companies, and accordingly take over all the assets and liabilities which include the RM250 million loan with the Government of Malaysia.”

“NFCorp has no knowledge whatsoever of any variations to the original terms and conditions in the agreement, and neither has the buyer informed our clients anything to the contrary.”

Lawyers acting for NFCorp Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin of Wan Shahrizal, Hari & Co said that letters of demand against the parties for defamation have been issued.

Corporate lawyer acting closely on the SPA between the buyer and seller Datuk Feroz Moidunny of Feroz & Co added, “There is no stripping of assets whatsoever in the deal as claimed by the opposition. The assets and liabilities of NFCorp are part and parcel of the sale agreement between the NFCorp and Kirimitonas Agro.

“Kirimitonas Agro has agreed to undertake the full repayment of the RM250 million loan.

“It is therefore not true for the opposition to claim that the government is unlikely to get back the balance of RM163 million as claimed by the opposition.” Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Releases, September |

NFCorp sues PKR Strategy Director Rafizi Ramli and MalaysiaKini

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MEDIA STATEMENT BY

WAN SHAHRIZAL WAN LADIN
LEGAL COUNSEL, WAN SHAHRIZAL, HARI & CO

NFCorp sues PKR Strategy Director Rafizi Ramli and MalaysiaKini

KUALA LUMPUR — National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) chairman has filed a legal suit against the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Strategy Director and MP for Pandan – Mohd Rafizi bin Ramli, and MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd – owner of news portal MalaysiaKini in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur on 3 June 2013.

Case Management before deputy registrar Puan Siti Nur Shafrida binti Hashim came up today.

The suit is for damages suffered by the plaintiffs as a result of lies, misleading information, exposure of confidential banking information and slander by the defendants.

On 7 March 2012, Mohd Rafizi Ramli had claimed in a media news conference held at the PKR headquarters that eight loans had been taken for the purchase of KL Eco City properties at the peril of a government loan deposit placed at the bank. Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Statements |