YOURSAY 'As former ministers of agriculture, surely they should step aside and allow the agencies to do their work without interference.'
Kit Siang predicts Shahrizat will not return
Ksn: Both the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and the police are investigating the matter.
MACC reports to, and is under, PM Najib Abdul Razak. The police work under Najib's cousin, Hishammuddin Hussein, who is the home minister.
So what are the roles of DPM Muhyiddin Yassin and Noh Omar - the former and current ministers of agriculture - in this matter?
Why are they asked to resolve the matter involving RM250 million of public funds? Towards what end?
Why not allow the two agencies to complete their work without interference and allow the findings to take their course, assuming the investigations are conducted thoroughly, without fear and favour, until it is concluded?
No one should forget that what has happened is the abuse of RM250 million of taxpayers' money used for purposes other than it was intended for.
The project itself is a disaster, with disgusting sums paid out to Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's family members, as remuneration.
Please PM, do not try to whitewash such abuses just because Umno and its ministers are involved.
Swipenter: It is easy to understand why these two, Muhyiddin and Noh Omar, are now to be in charge to "resolve the NFC mess" as directed by Najib.
These two can now determine how and what should be investigated to cover up their roles in this Cowgate scandal, to do damage control and contain the political fallout.
Can we trust MACC and the police to do a thorough and impartial investigation into the scandal after the former initially washed its hands off the scandal and passed the job to the latter, while the deputy inspector-general of police declared there was no hanky panky in the affairs of NFC after some initial investigation by the police?
Why should Shahrizat go on leave as she had vehemently declared and insisted that she had nothing to do with the running and management of NFC?
The one being investigated is the NFC, not Shahrizat. The ones soliciting and approving the loan are not included in the investigation. These Umnoputras are so clever. But we are not that stupid either.
Docs: I beg to differ with DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang's view that Shahrizat will not return after her three-week sabbatical.
Now that MACC has finally decided to look in the NFC fiasco, I sure it will be comprehensive in their investigation and will not leave any stone unturned to reveal that Shahrizat has no link with the NFC scandal.
I'm also certain the datuk detained will be found guilty of corrupt practice associated with the NFC scandal.
I think once MACC clears her and her family of any wrongdoing in the scandal, she would be back at work.
If this scandal tarnishes her image and if she does not win a seat in Parliament in the upcoming election, that's not a problem.
She can be still be called to serve the BN government as a backdoor minister, a post she holds at the moment.
Clever Voter: If Najib is serious about reforms, Shahrizat should by now be arrested. But she is not alone, she is there by proxy and many others are also involved.
Hence they need time to remove hard evidence and pray that this will be forgotten. The state media has been quiet, no one in BN is making noise.
Please be reminded that this is not new. We had Perwaja Steel, PKFZ (Port Klang Free Zone), MAS (Malaysia Airlines) and many others.
Why should thieves do their own investigation into their crimes?
Anonymous_40f4: Normally in a scandal where hundreds of millions of the rakyat's money is involved, the loot is shared by many crooks.
The so-called investigations will go on until the next GE. Shahrizat and the crooks get to keep and enjoy the loot.
After the GE, the case will be closed because there is not enough evidence. With a traitorous media, all government scandals and even murders can be covered up.
Anonymous_40f4: From the start, Najib has told Shahrizat to "stay cool".
Shahrizat may not return to the cabinet but Najib will make her a Tan Sri and appoint her as chairperson of a GLC (government-linked company) or a director in crony-listed companies. Umno always rewards the corrupt.
There are many examples. Ask former Malacca CM Rahim Thamby Chik.
Onyourtoes: Honestly, there is no need to investigate. This is not a government project aimed at attaining certain specific national objective that had gone sour. This is a scam to take money from the national coffer without someone accounting for it.
This project could have been managed and operated by anybody, the result would still be the same - a complete failure. Why so, some may ask?
It is simple - no business venture using public fund would ever give two hoots for feasibility and fiduciary duty and responsibility. After all, it is doing business without cost of capital.
Think about it, if Shahrizat's family was told in no uncertain terms that money borrowed must be returned, do you think they would ever want to take up this moronic project that has no commercial viability?
Alternatively, just ask Shahrizat's family this question - if money used for the project is from their own pocket, would they want to do this business?
Trumpet Call: A full and proper closure of the NFC saga should include:
1) The prosecution of the primary culprits no matter how prominent they are.
2) The recovery of as much as possible of the rakyat's money.
3) Full disclosure without any cover-up of the extent of the abuse of the money.
4) Concrete steps and checks taken to make sure that there can be no repeat of a similar scam in the future.
Until such objectives are achieved, the rakyat will not rest.
OMG: By getting DPM and Nor Omar to handle this matter, Najib is indirectly telling everyone that the two have to clean up their mess and he is distancing himself from responsibility.
Not Convinced: But as finance minister, Najib cannot distance himself from the scandal.
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