Despite the court charges, PAC chairman Azmi Khalid says its own investigations will go forward as planned.
PETALING JAYA: Despite court charges leveled against National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) chairman, Mohamad Salleh Ismail, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said it will continue with its own investigations into the National Feedlot Centre (NFC).
PAC chairman Azmi Khalid said, although certain information gleaned may be deemed sub-judice, the parliamentary body’s investigations will continue as scheduled on March 19-20.
“They (NFCorp) and representatives from the government agencies will be asked the questions, but there will be information that will be sub-judice. In order to tackle this, they usually bring their lawyers along,” said the Padang Besar MP.
He added that since many other authorities were already investigating the matter, he was reluctant at first to continue with the issue.
“But the issue has been so politicised that I have to call for the investigations to continue,” he said.
Azmi had pulled the brakes on PAC’s investigation, arguing that the police and the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) were already investigating the matter.
But his decision was highly criticised and Azmi subsequently announced that PAC will continue with its investigations.
Numerous allegations against NFC
Since Mohamad Salleh, husband of Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, was charged on Monday, there has been much trepidation that any official discussion into the matter would be deemed sub-judice.
Parliament speaker, Padikar Amin Mulia yesterday rejected a motion to debate the matter in the house saying the matter was pending in court.
Opposition leaders argued that the court charges only concerned two instances of abuse of power – the purchase of two units of condominiums in One Menerung, Bangsar and the transfer of RM40 million to one of NFCorp’s subsidiaries, National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC).
Numerous allegations have been raised regarding the abuse of the RM250 million soft loan given to NFCorp. Among them are property purchases in Singapore and land purchased in Putrajaya.
Opposition leaders maintain that the matter should be discussed in official channels to get to the bottom of the controversy.