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No verification with bank, Nurul Izzah tells court

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- Nurul Izzah Anwar today told the court that she did not seek any verification from Public Bank concerning the allegation that Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh had purchased eight units of properties in the city using public funds allocated to the National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp).

Nurul Izzah, who is Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament, said in fact, she did not even contact or send a letter to the bank to seek further explanation about the allegation.

"I only looked at the bank document made public by Mohamad Rafizi Ramli (the then PKR Strategy Director) during the press conference on March 7, 2012. The document was also distributed to members of the press," said the PKR vice-president.

She said this while testifying in the hearing of the defamation suit filed by Mohamad Salleh, who is NFCorp executive chairman, against her and PKR (then) secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Nurul Izzah said she did not even ask Mohamad Salleh about the purchase of the properties before holding the press conference.

When asked by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah whether she had sent a letter to Mohamad Salleh to seek further explanation on the purchase of eight units of properties, Nurul Izzah said: "I do not think so as my role is as Member of Parliament and not as a lawyer."

She also said she had never contacted the property developer, SP Setia Berhad, for verification concerning the loans taken by Mohamad Salleh to purchase the properties.

She also agreed with Muhammad Shafee's suggestion that if Mohamad Salleh had used public funds to purchase the properties, he (Mohamad Salleh) would have committed a crime.

However, Nurul Izzah admitted that she had never lodged a police report pertaining to the allegation that Mohamad Salleh had used public funds to purchase the properties.

The witness also agreed with the lawyer's suggestion that Public Bank had offered a loan to Mohamad Salleh and his son to buy the properties.

When asked on whether there was an agreement signed by Mohamad Salleh concerning the purchase, Nurul Izzah said: "There was an offer letter which was tantamount to an agreement, so there is an agreement."

However, the lawyer stressed that it was not an agreement, but merely a format from the bank for a loan offer.

On Dec 24, 2013, Mohamad Salleh and the company, NFCorp, filed a suit against Nurul Izzah for the statement she made relating to Mohd Rafizi's claims that Mohamad Salleh had purchased eight property units at KL Eco City, Bangsar, using public funds allocated to NFCorp.

Nurul Izzah's statement was broadcast by Malaysiakini TV on March 7, 2012. In his statement of claims, Mohamad Salleh said Nurul Izzah's statement implied that he and his family had misappropriated NFCorp funds to buy the properties for their personal use.

Judge Datuk Hue Siew Kheng set Feb 4 to listen to the submissions of the two parties.

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