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THE ONLINE media reported today that a businessman, Shamsubahrin Ismail, had been charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with two counts of cheating the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) Chairman, Dr Mohamad salleh Ismail.
The accused is the CEO of Shamsubahrin Ismail Resources Sdn Bhd. He pleaded not guilty. He is charged with inducing Dr Mohamad Salleh to pay him for his services and then duping the latter. The offence was alleged to have taken place at a restaurant in Bukit Tunku at 6pm last Nov 20.
Shamsubahrin was detained on Dec 21, allegedly trying to bribe several commercial crimes investigations department (CCID) officers probing the NFC business conduct with about RM1.7mil to avoid arrest. The reports did not state what had happened to his alleged attempt to bribe the policemen. Maybe that will come later.
His charging, however, should not diminish the importance and the urgency of the ongoing investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against the NFC for alleged misused of government funds.
The NFC became a controversy when the Auditor General, in his latest annual report, said the company had failed to meet its cattle production target and, it was later revealed, that it had made substantial investments in unrelated activities, including real estate.
It had since become the fodder for the Oppositions, partly because, Dr Mohamad Salleh is the husband of the Woman, Family and Community Development Minister, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
NFC had been given a RM250-million loan by the Government to turn the local cattle industry into a large-scale business and make Malaysia self sufficient in beef.