NFC trial delayed to Sept 1 after govt sought time to study expert reports

KUALA LUMPUR (June 11): The resumption of the hearing of the government’s RM250 million civil suit against National Feedlot Corp Sdn Bhd (NFC), its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail and nine others, has been postponed to Sept 1.

The government needed more time to study expert reports on the feedlot project, senior federal counsel Azizan Arshad said in the High Court today.

Judicial Commissioner Anand Ponnudurai, in allowing the government’s request, fixed Sept 1-4 and Oct 5-8 for the plaintiffs to close their case and for the defendants to testify.

Mohamad Salleh, who is the husband of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, is on trial along with the couple’s three children and seven companies owned by the family, including NFC.

They are accused of misappropriating and wrongly using RM118 million from a RM250 million loan granted to NFC by the government in December 2007 to set up and operate a national feedlot centre in Gemas.

The government is seeking RM253.62 million, representing the sum owed, together with interest of 2% with effect from May 1, 2019.

The government is also seeking a personal declaration from Mohamad Salleh and the three children — Wan Shahinur Izran, Wan Shahinur Izmir and Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah — that they are personally liable for the sum of RM118 million and that it will be repaid by them. Wan Shahinur and Wan Izzana were also directors of NFC.

NFC and Mohamad Salleh are represented by lawyer Datuk Seri Rajan Navaratnam and Datuk K Kirubakaran.

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