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Shahrizat arrives at MACC office to assist NFC investigations

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 8 (Bernama) -- Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today to assist investigations into the alleged speculations surrounding the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).

Shahrizat who is also the Wanita Umno chief arrived at the MACC headquarters at 4pm and was received by MACC Director of Investigations Datuk Mustafar Ali.

"Today was my turn to answer questions and I must thank MACC for calling me. So I came willingly," she told reporters after emerging from the MACC building almost two and half hours later.

"Because of the procedure, I went on leave in the hope that I will be called up for investigation. I really want no stones to be left unturned on the investigation because I have been subjected to wild allegations. I've waited patiently....They (only) called me yesterday."

Shahrizat who resumed her duties today after a three-week leave said throughout the session with MACC, she had stated that she was not involved in any decision making, and did not have anything to do with the NFC issue.

"I came here because I am married to the chairman of NFC and that's why the question was whether there was a conflict of interest or not in decision making. So, it is a very clear cut issue.

"I really want to make it known that I was never a part of it," she said.

The NFC, headed by Shahrizat's husband Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh, was embroiled in an alleged controversy since the auditor general's report for 2010 was pursued by the Opposition since it was revealed in October last year.

The issue heated up after the Opposition alleged irregularities over the RM250 million soft loan given by the government to NFC.

The NFC is a project in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, aimed at boosting the production of beef to reduce dependence on imported beef.


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