NFCorp, 10 others ordered to file defence in RM253.6 mil loan suit

NFCorp chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail with his wife, former women, family and community development minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) and 10 others have been ordered to file their defence in a suit filed by the government to reclaim RM253.6 million.

The money was loaned to the company operated by former women, family and community development minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s husband and their three children.

Senior federal counsel Mohd Radhi Abbas, representing the government, said judge S Nantha Balan ordered the defendants to file their defence statements by July 25, 2019.

“The court also fixed Jan 13, 14, 15, 17 and 20 next year to hear the case. Aug 22 and Dec 18 are fixed for further case management,” he told reporters after today’s case management held in chambers.

In the suit, filed last May 31, the government, as the sole plaintiff, named NFCorp as the first defendant, with Shahrizat’s husband, Mohamad Salleh Ismail, and their three children — Wan Shahinur Izran, Wan Shahinur Izmir and Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah — who were referred to as “Mohamad Salleh’s family”, as the second to fifth defendants.

Also named as defendants in the suit were six companies belonging to Salleh’s family, namely National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd; Real Food Corporation Sdn Bhd; Meatworks Corporation Sdn Bhd; Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd; Asian Bioscience Corporation Sdn Bhd, and Techknowlogy Imageware (M) Sdn Bhd.

The government filed the suit to claim RM253.6 million, which is owed by NFCorp, from the company and Salleh’s family, with interest of 2% a year.

The government is also seeking a court declaration for Salleh’s family to be personally liable for the loan repayments, of which RM118 million was allegedly misappropriated, along with any undeclared profit and income that may have arisen as a result of their use, as well as Putrajaya’s right to claim the property that were purchased using the loan.

In the statement of claim, the government stated that on Dec 6, 2007, an agreement was signed with NFCorp to provide it with a loan of RM250 million for the setting up and operation of a national feedlot centre in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan.

The government claimed that at the request by NFCorp, the loan was disbursed in the Special Loan Account (APK) in three stages between Jan 9, 2008 and March 31, 2009, and through the loan, the government approved the withdrawal of RM180.51 million between Jan 24, 2008 and Jan 3, 2011.

It said of the total RM180.51 million, only RM8.32 million was paid to a third party to finance the national feedlot project, with the remaining RM172.2 million paid into NFCorp’s operation account at Malayan Banking Bhd.

The government also claimed that RM9.76 million of the loan was misused to pay part of the purchase of two residential units at One Menerung Residence by National Meat & Livestock Corp, and another RM1.8 million to pay one Shamsubahrin Ismail for an undisclosed purpose.

The government also claimed Salleh’s family had used the loan to, among others, buy two pieces of land in Putrajaya, one for RM3.36 million and the other for RM1.51 million, which were paid to two law firms, and a certain amount was also used to pay for the purchase of a four-storey shophouse at Solaris Mont Kiara by Wan Shahinur Izran and Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah.