Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Source The Star Online
Malaysian Women, Family and Community Development Minister and Barisan Nasional / UMNO Wanita Chief, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil went to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Wednesday, 8th February 2012.
The embattled Minister said she had requested to be questioned and investigated over the Natioal Feedlot Centre, NFC issue.
She sent a SMS to The Star to say that she was there voluntarily to put paid to the speculations surrounding the issue.
“Excuse me !! I am here at SPRM willingly. Have requested to be questioned and investigated so that no stone is left unturned. Enuff of wild allegations!” the SMS read.
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil was seen being greeted by MACC director of investigations Datuk Mustafar Ali on arrival at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at 4 pm.
Earlier today, 8th February 2012, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli alleged Shahrizat's family owned 2 more luxury condominiums in Singapore worth RM 34.6 million with bank loans obtained from leveraging the fixed deposit accounts containing part of the RM 250 million loan given by the Government to start up the NFC.
Earlier on Sunday, 5th February 2012, Datuk Seri Shahrizat hit out at her critics by calling one of them a jambu boy (pretty boy).
Calling a certain PKR leader a jambu boy, the Wanita Umno chief said the wing would send him a Wanita Umno baju kurung, as he would look good in it.
“In Perak, I received information that the jambu boy' had been stalking me, trailing my movements over the last three months,'' she said in an event in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the birth of Maulidur Rasul Day babies.
Although Shahrizat did not name the jambu boy, it is understood she was referring to PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli who has been hot on her heels over the NFC controversy.
Shahrizat questioned if the jambu boy was eyeing her post, as the wing's strong machinery could be handy for a certain Prime Minister wannabe.
In an immediate response, Rafizi said he was actually flattered that Shahrizat wanted to send him the baju kurung.
“I will accept the gift graciously and gently place it in a wooden box and wait for an opportune moment to bury it along with Barisan Nasional,” he said.
“Shahrizat has probably resorted to personal attacks because she knows I have more up my sleeve.
“We will spring a surprise on her when she returns to the (Women, Family and Community Development) ministry on Wednesday, 8th February 2012'' he said.
Rafizi said Shahrizat was actually missing the point.
“We ask simple questions whether she was involved in decision-making, as her family is not qualified to take on such a project. The public wants closure.
“But instead, she is trying to make political jokes like calling me jambu. I am not handsome,” he said.
Shahrizat also accused the Opposition of going all out to discredit and weaken her because they feared the strength of the Wanita Umno machinery, which was the strongest in Barisan.
“Even if a person has yet to be proven guilty or not, the Opposition will go all out to twist and spin because it is a do-or-die battle for them.
“They can run me down. But I am answerable to Allah,” she said.
On the salvos fired against her from within the Wanita Umno wing, Shahrizat said a leader would always be in the line of fire.
“But as a lawyer and a former magistrate, I am telling them, you don't find a person guilty until proven,” she said.
On her Wanita Umno predecessor Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who had asked her to step down over the NFC controversy, Shahrizat said it was against her principles to attack older people.
“I will remain tight-lipped,” she said.
She also denied that she was drawing Umno into the NFC controversy because of her refusal to step down.
“I am not a quitter. I am in politics because I have a vision for Malaysia and Wanita Barisan Nasional.
“All over the world, leaders go through challenging times. There is nothing extraordinary or peculiar about what is happening to me,” she added.
Rafizi said Pakatan Rakyat would push for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the NFC controversy.
He said he would not back off despite being threatened with a lawsuit and being subjected to personal attacks.
All the best Shahrizat.