Deputy Speaker Nga Takes a Swipe at “Cowgate”

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Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming today took a jibe at the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) issue, saying that cows should not live in condominiums.

“Minister, please make sure the cows do not stay in condominiums,” he said during the question time for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub.

This was in response to previous claims that the RM250 million soft loan for NFC was used to purchase an upscale condominium in Kuala Lumpur.

Earlier, Salahuddin said what happened in the past should be set aside and the focus now must be on achieving the government’s targets.

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“Let the past remain as memories,” he said. “What was good, we take as examples, and what was not good, we take as boundaries.”

Salahuddin was replying to Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Permatang Pauh) who asked an additional question on the ministry’s memorandum to continue with the NFC, to increase the supply of meat for consumers to 30%.

Nurul Izzah noted NFC’s negative image and legal actions, including that involving PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

“If we keep talking about NFC, we will never get anywhere,” Salahuddin said. “We should instead look forward and develop (the industry) responsibly.”

This followed Salahuddin’s reply to Hasan Bahrom (PKR-Tampin), who had asked the minister on efforts to ensure a sufficient supply of livestock for Hari Raya Haji next month.

To this, Salahuddin said 50,125 cows and 31,729 goats and sheep had been provided, with steps taken to ensure enough livestock during the celebration.

“The ministry gives its guarantee that the supply is sufficient and no one is taking advantage of the situation and manipulating prices,” he said.

Previously, the NFC project was headed by former Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s husband Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

Their children Wan Shahinur Izran, Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah and Wan Shahinur Izmir, were directors of NFC.

In November 2016, Rafizi lost a defamation suit and was ordered to pay Salleh and NFC RM200,000 in damages for claiming that NFC had purchased the luxury condominium with a bank loan.

The PKR leader is appealing against this decision.