Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Audit Finds Sharizat Jalil's Family Made Mess of National Cattle Farming Project

Wednesday, 26th October 2011

This what PM's "1Malaysia-People First Performance Now" really means!

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — A RM73.64 million government project — linked to minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s family — to create Malaysia’s “Beef Valley” has turned into a mess, a federal audit report said.

The Auditor-General’s Report, released yesterday, showed that the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) set up in 2008 in Gemas, Negri Sembilan failed to hit its target of breeding 8,000 cattle last year.

Under the 9th Malaysia Plan, the centre is expected to produce 60,000 cattle by 2015.

“An audit check found production in 2010 was only at 3,289 heads of cattle or 41.1 per cent,” the report said.

The audit was conducted between January and March this year.

Among the reasons cited were the NFC corporation’s poor management including its failure to train 130 farmers for the project, the 5,000-acre farmland in Gemas being overgrown with thorny acacia shrubs, and poor use and maintenance of its facilities.

Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang also said the ministry’s initial main operator, Lamberts Agricultural Trade (M) Sdn Bhd, had backed out of the project, a move that contributed to the dismal performance.

The NFC is a joint-venture between Negri Sembilan and federal government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MoA) to commercially produce more beef domestically and cut down import of the meat.

Previous media reports showed the MoA picked a company called Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd, owned by Shahrizat’s husband, Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, to spearhead the project, under a company called National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp).

Mohamad Salleh is also NFCorp’s executive chairman.

Shahrizat’s (picture) three children, Izran, Izmir and Izzana, also play key roles in the NFCorp, the Malay Mail reported on June 24 this year. Izran is CEO while his brother and sister are executive directors.

The family-controlled beef project is marketed under the label “Gemas Gold” and can be found on the menus of several family-owned restaurants in the Klang Valley.

The audit report also found NFCorp did not finalise the standard operating procedure or implementation agreement in 2010.

It noted NFCorp claimed it could not do so because the government has yet to build an abattoir capable of slaughtering 350 heads of cattle a day.

The audit report said the Treasury completed a study on the slaughterhouse on April 5 this year to be presented to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The audit report noted that two factories related to the project have yet to be built, namely the livestock feed factory that was part of the pilot project under the entrepreneur development programme, and a bio-gas factory to process waste from the abattoir and the feedlot into fuel for the farm.

The report stressed infrastructure upkeep as the most important factor for the project’s success and recommended the MoA devise a “Blue Ocean” strategy to boost its cattle breeding production to meet the original 60,000 target by 2015.

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Rural Folks Condemn Alexander Nanta For Lauding The Implementation of GST

Wednesday, 26th October 2011

This MP should keep his mouth shut rather  than keep it open can anger the people. That was the most suitable advise that I could give to Alexander Nanta Linggi after I read an article published in Borneo Post yesterday.
I was stunned to read in Borneo Post how he lauded the BN leadership in imposing the GST. To the government the GST may be good but how about the rural folks especially the people of Kapit. People in Kapit should know what to do to punish their MP in the coming General Election in which many people predicted will be held in December 2011.

Borneo Post reports MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi lauded the Goods and Service Tax (GST), which is implemented in 167 developed countries worldwide, as a good move to uplift the economy and improve people’s lives.

He said:
“To achieve a developed nation status in 8 years from now by the year 2020, we need to implement GST. GST is a vital tool for the development of the country. GST needs to be implemented to replace the existing national tax policy so as to be more efficient, transparent and effective,”
He said this when officiating at the closing of an awareness programme on GST organised by Royal Customs Department, Sibu branch in collaboration with Kapit District Office at Meligai Hotel here on Saturday afternoon.

“Despite being located far in the interior, at least Kapit is not left out of the programme as the division is one of the financial contributors to the development of the country. Hopefully the participants know what GST is and impart the knowledge to their colleagues and friends. It is a good beginning and I hope that more such programmes will be held here in the future. GST is something new to Kapit though only a handful of people know of the system,” he pointed out.
On the importance of GST, Nanta said the government could not rely on taxes alone which were insufficient to finance its various mega development programmes.

To Alex, dont just said about the mega projects, I have this question for this MP " How is the GST going to benefits the people  from the longhouses especially in Kapit? Dont you know by imposing GST will increase the price of goods?

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