Thursday, November 26, 2015

COWGATE, National Feedlot Corporation, Sharizat (UMNO Wanita Chief), Mohd Salleh CBT charges dropped?

For me, the important issue is that it must be a principle that 'NO government projects should be given to any sitting Minister and/or their family members or friends" - to avoid the perception of abuse of power, favoritism, etc.. In fact, this principle should be extended to elected people's representatives of governing parties as well.

Second, the need for an OPEN TENDER for all government projects - and, of course, the process of evaluating and awarding of the project must be seen as independent and fair. 

Third, when projects are awarded, and monies and/or land made available - there must be very strict guidelines as to how it should be spend. [In fact, limits should be placed on wages/allowances of CEO, Upper Management and Directors (after all, this is the way some people bleed companies dry by paying sometimes a CEO millions per month, etc). All government projects must be continuously monitored - best through Parliamentary Committees. Auditor only tells us that 'milk has been spilled' - we need ongoing monitoring. 

Now, in 2012, all that seem to have been done was the charging of then Minister (UMNO Wanita leader)'s husband for CBT and other offenses. This was a family run company, so father took money to buy condominium - CBT? If the owners and Board of Directors OK with it - what CBT? 

Who got the project? the Loan? the Land? - The Company or individuals personally? 

Why was the company that was awarded the project not penalized? Or was it? Was it part of the agreement that if you did not meet the target, agreement will be terminated and company and directors personally will all be fined? What did the agreement say?

Someone joked saying that this withdrawal of charge maybe because Najib needs support now within UMNO - doubtful?

Anyway, what is this so-called 'COWGATE' issue all about? Well, I perused the internet and after studying several news reports, this is what I pieced together.. 

* This was a Malaysian government project... RM73.64 million government project

 * There was allegedly no OPEN Tender - but several companies were invited to place their bids - apparently 6 companies. 

* The company that was successful in the bid was a company associated with a then sitting  Malaysian Minister - later to be known as  National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp). 

* The government allegedly provided NFCorp  allegedly 5,000 acres and a 'soft loan' of RM250 million. 

*The 2010 Auditor-General’s Report showed that the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) set up in 2008 in Gemas, Negri Sembilan failed to hit its target of breeding 8,000 cattle. Under the 9th Malaysia Plan, the centre is expected to produce 60,000 cattle by 2015. “An audit check found production in 2010 was only at 3,289 heads of cattle or 41.1 per cent,” 

* Thereafter, allegations of using money to buy condominiums, etc cropped up...

* MACC starts investigation - hand over to police - police say nothing wrong - Hishamuddin assures investigation will continue -  Shahrizat takes leave from her official duties to make way for the MACC's probe on whether or not she had any involvement in the NFCorp issue.- Najib confirms that the NFC's assets are frozen to assist into investigations - police submit to AG for action - AG says investigate further... {See the chronology by asiaone below]

*Then,  National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail was charges in court. {Nothing much after that about the investigation on Sharizat or the Company....that I saw]

* AND Now, all charges are dropped? No trial started ...not over, and suddenly AG says 'discharge not amounting to acquittal'(DNAA) ...and then the judge acquitted. [If acquitted, then he cannot be charged with the same charge - that is why usually DNAA so that if prosecution later manages to get more evidence, etc, prosecution has the option to charge again...]. DNAA does not mean 'not guilty' - just that the prosecution do not want to proceed now - usually insufficient evidence or maybe some evidence no more usable, etc...

Below, several news reports from now and before - 2012 too.

NFCorp chairman Salleh freed of RM49.7 million CBT charges

NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail is a free man after his acquittal of criminal breach of trust. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 24, 2015.NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail is a free man after his acquittal of criminal breach of trust. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 24, 2015. 

National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail was today acquitted of two charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM49.7 million.

Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court judge Norsharidah Awang granted Salleh the acquittal after lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and deputy public prosecutor Syed Faisal Syed Amir met in her chambers.

The judge did not give the reason for her decision.

Earlier, Syed Faisal told the court that Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali had consented to give Salleh a discharge not amounting to an acquittal following a letter of representation sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in September. 
Shafee said his client should be freed because of special circumstances of the case, and that an acquittal should be given since the trial had started.

The judge then met Shafee and Syed Faisal in chambers.

Salleh, 66, who is also a director of NFCorp, was charged with misappropriating RM9.76 million last year by way of four cheques from NFCorp funds to finance the purchase of two condominium units at the One Menerung complex in Kuala Lumpur.
He allegedly committed the offence between December 1 and 4, 2009, at the CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd in Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
He was also charged with committing a similar offence by transferring RM40 million by way of a cheque, between May 6 and November 16, 2009, to the account of the National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd, which he and one of his children own.
Salleh also faces two other charges relating to using company funds without the approval of an annual general meeting to make part payment for the condominium units.
He had gone to the High Court and Court of Appeal to strike out the charge but failed.

In September, Shafee wrote a letter of representation to the Attorney-General's Chambers to withdraw the charges. – November 24, 2015.


NFC chair acquitted of CBT in condo purchase case

Bernama     Published     Updated     
National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) executive chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail was today acquitted of four charges involving RM49.7 million.

Sessions Court Judge Norsharidah Awang made the decision after granting the application by counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for Mohamad Salleh to be given a full acquittal.

“We pray for an order of acquittal and not a discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) because all the charges are hanging over his head,” counsel had submitted.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Syed Faisal Syed Amir informed the court that the prosecution was withdrawing the charges against Mohamad Salleh under Section 254 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

He said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) made the decision after studying the letter of representation submitted by the lawyer on Nov 4.

On March 12, 2012, Mohamad Salleh, 66, who is also NFC director, claimed trial to misappropriating RM9,758,140 through four NFC cheques to fund part of the purchase of two condominiums at One Menerung complex in Kuala Lumpur.

Mohamad Salleh was accused of committing the offences at CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd in Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, between Dec 1 and Dec 4, 2009.

He also claimed trial to transferring RM40 million through an NFC cheque into the account of National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd, a company which he and one of his children owned, between May 6 and Nov 16, 2009.

He further pleaded not guilty to two counts of using company funds without obtaining prior approval at NFC’s annual general meeting, to fund part of the purchase of the condominiums.

The trial commenced on June 23, 2014 with the prosecution calling its first witness.

However, trial was adjourned after the counsel submitted a letter of representation to the AGC for the charges to be withdrawn.

On Aug 28, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mohamad Salleh’s appeal against the High Court and Sessions Court’s decisions to reject his application for the charges to be dropped, and ordered the case to recommence at the Sessions Court.

Meanwhile after the proceedings today, Mohamad Salleh’s wife, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil who is also Umno Wanita chief, was seen coming over and giving him a hug.

“Thanks to Allah for making this justice and fair. Allah is kind,” he said.

NFC scandal: Shahrizat’s husband charged

Teoh El Sen
 | March 12, 2012
The NFCorp chairman has pleaded not guilty to all the four charges under the Penal Code and Companies Act.

KUALA LUMPUR: National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail was today charged at the Jalan Duta Sessions Court here in connection with the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) controversy.

Mohamad Salleh, 64, was slapped with four separate charges – two counts under Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust and another two counts under the Companies Act – involving the alleged misuse of almost RM50 million.

Looking calm in a suit, Mohamad Salleh, the husband of Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, smiled and shook hands in the packed courtroom. He later pleaded not guilty to all four charges when they were read out to him.

The first charge was that Mohamad Salleh, as a director of NFCorp entrusted with the assets of the company in a CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd account in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, had committed criminal breach of trust when he dishonestly misappropriated RM9,758,140 (about 9.7 million) as a partial payment for two units of the One Menerung luxury condominum for the National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd.

He had allegedly committed the offence via four cheques between Dec 1 and 4 in 2009. This charge falls under Section 409 of the Penal Code.

The second charge was that he had made the same purchase of the two units in One Menerung without the permission of the company’s annual general meeting and had obtained direct profits. This charge comes under Section 132(2)(a) of the Companies Act.

Mohamad Salleh’s third charge read that he had committed criminal breach of trust when he dishonestly misappropriated a sum of RM40 million when he transferred the amount into the account belonging to National Meat & Lifestock Corporation between May 6 and 8, 2008. This came under Section 409.

“The fourth charge was that he had, without the permission through the general meeting of the company, obtained a direct profit from the RM40 million and therefore violated Section 132(2)(a) of the Companies Act.”

Under Section 409, Mohamad Salleh faces a jail term of between two and 20 years, caning and can also be fined if convicted. He can also be jailed five years and fined up to RM30,000 for each charge under the Companies Act.

Sessions judge SM Komathy Suppiah fixed bail at RM500,000 with one surety for all charges. Case mention will be on April 13.

Shahrizat was seen in the court but ignored reporters when asked to comment.

The National Meat & Lifestock Corporation is an associated company of NFCorp. Its directors are all from Shahrizat’s family as well.

Judge ‘curious’ about bail
The prosecution was led by the Attorney-General’s Chambers head of commercial crime deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Dzulkifli Ahmad, and he was assisted by DPP Awang Amardajaya Awang Mahmud and DPP Nur Azimul Azmi.

Mohamad Salleh was represented by Badrulmunir Bukhari, Redza Abdullah, Y Sheelan and Wan Azmir Wan Majid. His lead defence counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, was not present as he was overseas.

Seeking a lower bail of RM100,000 earlier, Badrulmunir said that Mohamad Salleh had given his full cooperation throughout investigations and there was no risk of him fleeing.

“He is here to clear his name. There is no flight risk, no worry of him escaping or fleeing from justice,” he said.

The prosecution then confirmed that Mohamad Salleh had been cooperative and did not doubt that he would not run away. Dzulkifli said that he did not object to the bail amount being reduced.

However, Komathy, who said that she was “curious” why the prosecution did not seek a higher bail, remained firm.

“While there is no objection, we have had cases where we set a higher bail even when it involved a lower amount. To ensure there is no disparity, the bail will be RM500,000 with one surety on the condition that his passport is surrendered. Otherwise, there might be all kinds of allegations against this court,” she added.

Mohamad Salleh’s eldest son and NFCorp CEO Wan Shahinur Izmir, 32, stood as bailor for his father. His other two children – Izran and Izzana Fatimah – both directors in NFCorp were absent from court.

The NFC project has been embroiled in controversy since October last year.

The 2010 Auditor-General’s report revealed that the RM250-million cattle breeding project failed to fulfil the objectives of its formation, which was to reduce beef imports.

The opposition, particularly PKR, blew the lid on the scandal with a series of exposé linking Shahrizat to allegations of abusing state funds meant for the project.

NFCorp had been accused of misusing millions from the RM250 million government soft loan to purchase high-class condominiums, premium land and a luxury car as well as expenses unrelated to cattle farming.

Police had been investigating if NFCorp had committed criminal breach of trust, and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), too, is looking into the possibility of “abuse of power” in the corporation.

Shahrizat, who has been facing pressure from all sides to quit, yesterday announced that she will step down as minister when her term as a senator ends on April 8.

She would, however, stay on as Umno Wanita chief. - FMT News, 12/3/2012

Audit finds minister’s family made mess of national cattle farming project

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — A RM73.64 million government project — linked to minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s family — to create Malaysia’s “Beef Valley” has turned into a mess, a federal audit report said.

The Auditor-General’s Report, released yesterday, showed that the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) set up in 2008 in Gemas, Negri Sembilan failed to hit its target of breeding 8,000 cattle last year.
Under the 9th Malaysia Plan, the centre is expected to produce 60,000 cattle by 2015.

An audit check found production in 2010 was only at 3,289 heads of cattle or 41.1 per cent,” the report said. The audit was conducted between January and March this year.

Among the reasons cited were the NFC corporation’s poor management including its failure to train 130 farmers for the project, the 5,000-acre farmland in Gemas being overgrown with thorny acacia shrubs, and poor use and maintenance of its facilities.

Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang also said the ministry’s initial main operator, Lamberts Agricultural Trade (M) Sdn Bhd, had backed out of the project, a move that contributed to the dismal performance.

The NFC is a joint-venture between Negri Sembilan and federal government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MoA) to commercially produce more beef domestically and cut down import of the meat.

Previous media reports showed the MoA picked a company called Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, owned by Shahrizat’s husband, Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, to spearhead the project, under a company called National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp).

Mohamad Salleh is also NFCorp’s executive chairman.

Shahrizat’s (picture) three children, Izran, Izmir and Izzana, also play key roles in the NFCorp, the Malay Mail reported on June 24 this year. Izran is CEO while his brother and sister are executive directors.

The family-controlled beef project is marketed under the label “Gemas Gold” and can be found on the menus of several family-owned restaurants in the Klang Valley.

The audit report also found NFCorp did not finalise the standard operating procedure or implementation agreement in 2010.

It noted NFCorp claimed it could not do so because the government has yet to build an abattoir capable of slaughtering 350 heads of cattle a day.

The audit report said the Treasury completed a study on the slaughterhouse on April 5 this year to be presented to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The audit report noted that two factories related to the project have yet to be built, namely the livestock feed factory that was part of the pilot project under the entrepreneur development programme, and a bio-gas factory to process waste from the abattoir and the feedlot into fuel for the farm.

The report stressed infrastructure upkeep as the most important factor for the project’s success and recommended the MoA devise a “Blue Ocean” strategy to boost its cattle breeding production to meet the original 60,000 target by 2015.
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The NFCorp issue a chronology of events


Oct 24 - The Auditor-General's 2010 highlighted the National Feedlot Centre (NFCorp)'s failure to achieve its target of 8,000 heads of cattle that year. The RM74 million (S$30.8 million) centre in Gemas, Negri Sembilan only achieved 3,289 heads of cattle or 41 per cent of the target.

Nov 1 - PKR piles the pressure on Shahrizat, demanding that she explain claims of financial mismanagement and corruption in the NFCorp, run by her husband and two of their children.

Nov 15 - The MACC hand over investigations into the alleged multi-million ringgit purchase of a luxury condominium in Bangsar by the NFCorp to the police.

Nov 16 - NFCorp executive director Wan Shahinur Wan Salleh said they had used nearly RM600,000 of its funds to pay for credit card expenses, but pointed out that they were corporate cards used for "business development purposes"

Nov 18 - NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail denied claims that the project was in a mess, claiming they are on track to produce 60,000 heads of cattle by 2015. Salleh also justified the purchase of two luxury condominiums costing RM6.9 million each, saying the investment would generate an annual yield of some RM900,000 or a 12.9 per cent return of investment rate.

Nov 19 - Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said Bukit Aman had started a probe into the NFCorp

Nov 29 - Shahrizat brushes aside calls for her to quit over her family's involvement in the NFC
scandal, saying that it had nothing to do with her.

Dec 1 - PKR unveil more allegations of financial misappropriation by the NFCorp, claiming that the company ought a luxury car, two plots of land and paid for holiday packages using part of its RM250 million Government soft loan.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar however announces that they found no elements of criminal breach of trust or misappropriation in their ongoing investigation into the NFCorp

Dec 3 - Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein says the probe into the NFC would continue, regardless of the police's preliminary findings that there were no elements of criminal breach of trust.

Dec 6 - Police say the NFC's purchase of two RM6.9 million luxury condominiums was kosher as they were registered under a corporate firm and not in the names of individuals.

Dec 24 - The MACC raid the NFC office in Mont Kiara, taking several envelopes filled with documents and a computer, believed to be linked to the various claims levied against the company.


Jan 3 - Shahrizat denies having tendered her resignation, amidst speculation that she had handed over her resignation letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over

Jan 13 - Shahrizat takes leave from her official duties to make way for the MACC's probe on whether or not she had any involvement in the NFCorp issue.

Jan 15 - Najib confirms that the NFC's assets are frozen to assist into investigations over alleged misappropriation

Jan 16 - Police conclude their probe into the NFCorp, and present their findings to the Attorney-General for further action.

Jan 19 - Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announces the Government's decision to appoint an accounting firm to carry out a due diligence and project audit on the NFCorp.

Jan 20 - Shahrizat files a RM100 million suit against PKR Ampang MP Zuraidah Kamaruddin and strategic director Rafizi Ramli for defamation in connection with the NFCorp issue

Jan 26 - Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang clarifies his department's 2010 report on the NFC, saying that they highlighted weaknesses in implementation of the project - but never mentioned anything on misappropriation of funds.

Feb 8 - The police resubmit their investigation papers on the NFCorp to the Attorney-General's Chambers and are awaiting orders on the next course of action, after beefing up their findings at the request of the Attorney-General.

Mar 3 - The Attorney-General returns the police's investigation papers on the NFC yet again, ordering the men in blue to carry out further investigations.

Mar 8 - Police reveal they are probing a RM1.7 million apartment cum office purchase by the NFCorp in Khazakhstan, believed to have been made after the company signed an agreement to help the Khazakhstan government breed cattle. - AsiaOne News, 12/3/2012

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