Friday, November 11, 2011

Shahrizat's Family Project


Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (above) said on Wednesday that attacks against her over the RM74 million National Feedlot Centre (NFC) – a High Impact Project that the government dreamed up to benefit selected UMNO elites – are a political agenda to “destroy Wanita Umno”. I cannot fathom why she is saying this – as far as I am aware, the venture was awarded to her family; it is not a Wanita UMNO project. She is only hiding behind Wanita UMNO’s skirt. Isn’t it plainly obvious that she was diverting attention away from herself and conveniently, dragging Wanita UMNO into this farce to camouflage her misdeeds.

The minister of women, family and community development maintained that her family, who runs the national cattle-farming project in Gemas, “don’t deserve the things said by the Opposition because they work very hard.” I agree with Shahrizat – why should PKR be so enviously jealous that Shahrizat and her family got the project? Indeed they worked very hard to pull cables in order to secure this government "handout" that – according to Ampang MP, PKR’s Zuraida Kamaruddin – merited a soft loan of RM250 million and a 5,000-acre plot of land. Some people have all the luck – I worked hard too but how come I am always broke? Am I so luckless or is it because I am not a well-connected person and not even associated with BN in any way?

Another thing. Since when do UMNOputras and -putris know the meaning of “hard work”? Everything is presented to them on a silver platter. They only do hard work when they have to come up with scams to steal money from Malaysian taxpayers!

And to piss me off further, The Malaysian Insider on November 01, 2011 identified NFC’s top management and in the process, named Shahrizat’s three children – Izran, 27, Izmir, 31, and Izzana, 25 – as chief executive and executive directors respectively. Hubby Mohamad Salleh Ismail is NFC’s executive chairman. I can see that good fortune and abundant blessings visited this family – at the expense of ordinary hard-working Malaysians.

So, why point fingers at PKR? It was actually the Auditor-General’s Report that highlighted the NFC mess. PKR only picked up the issue after that.

And worse, the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Noh Omar tried to soften the blows raining on Shahrizat by claiming on October 31 that her “family business” was a success and had met its targets Isn’t this an outright lie? He had declared that the cattle farming scheme met its 2010 target of producing 8,000 head of cattle.

Now, according to the independent, not-for-profit research institute REFSA (Research for Social Advancement) and other reports, RM181.9 million had been channelled into NFC as of July 31, 2011 to implement this project. Inefficiency, imprudence and incompetence culminated in a measly total of 3,289 cattle (or only 41.1 percent of the target set) roaming a badly-kept farm overgrown with prickly shrubs (Webpage http://refsa.org/comment/nfc%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98gemas-gold%E2%80%99-is-as-expensive-as-wagyu-beef/, posted November 09, 2011). So how can Nor Omar possibly call NFC a success when his arithmetic doesn’t add up? Bovine stupidity has obviously infected him!

And since Najib also defended this project – it can only mean one thing, i.e. that he condoned what Shahrizat has done and is still doing!

This corrupt government is hemorrhaging the country! Are we going to put a stop to this financial ruination or are we going to let it be? Right-minded Malaysians can do the right thing. Just undertake the simple act of exercising your vote when GE13 comes! Please! We must put things right!

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