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No need for royal commission on NFC, says Muhyiddin

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- There is no necessity for a royal commission to be set up to investigate the controversy surrounding the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) as steps being taken by enforcement agencies are sufficient, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said apart from the Auditor-General's (A-G) report and A-G Tan Sri Ambrin Buang's clarification on the issue, the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission were conducting their own investigations into the matter.

"We hope the investigations will be completed soon to enable us to know the actual situation.

"On our part, the government has appointed a financial consultant to carry out a due diligent on the company's financial status, which included its expenditure, loan taken and its balance and so forth," he told reporters after attending a briefing given by Putrajaya Umno here today.

He was commenting on a call for the setting up of a royal commission to probe the NFC by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.

"The opposition wanted to show they are right all along that this project is doomed to fail. But as the project is backed by the government and implemented by the private sector, we will ensure that it is viable. So, I feel the steps taken are adequate," said Muhyiddin.

He, however, admitted that a number of improvements needed to be made to ensure that the project remained viable and would be successful.

The government could only evaluate the actual position of the NFC and the effectiveness of the project after receiving reports from the agencies involved, he added.

The controversy surrounding the Gemas-based NFC started after the 2010 Auditor-General's Report described the project as having failed to meet government targets.

 

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