Published date: 16 Dec 2015
Published by: Admin
Corporation (NFCorp) was unable to meet its 2010 target to slaughter 8,000 cows as the government had failed to provide the facilities and grassland required for the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) project, its executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail told the court today.
In his defamation suit against PKR MP Rafizi Ramli and a news publisher, Mohamad Salleh insisted that his company already had 8,000 cows ready to be slaughtered.
“I have the capacity to slaughter, I did not have the abattoir to slaughter.
“We have 8,000 ready for slaughter, but we did not have the abattoir, so we slaughtered 5,700,” the 67-year-old said during cross-examination, referring to the 5,742 figure subsequently cited in the Auditor-General’s Report 2010.
During the first day of hearing, Salleh had previously testified that the government had not built the export quality abattoir as agreed and his company had built its own mini abattoir.
Razlan Hadri Zulkifli, a lawyer representing Rafizi, highlighted today the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 where the government auditor found that 3,829 cattle were produced in 2010 under the NFC project, which is 41.1 per cent of the 8,000 targeted.
Razlan cited the same report which found that 8,016 heads of cattle were brought into the NFC from 2008 to 2010, and the report’s subsequent finding that 5,724 were slaughtered.
Razlan also pointed out the Auditor-General’s Report had attributed the failure to meet the target to the NFC land that was found to be overgrown by acacia trees, and asked Mohamad Salleh if he agreed it was NFCorp’s responsibility to remove the trees in line based on the government contract.
But Mohamad Salleh said the site in Gemas was supposed to be presented to NFCorp as grass-filled land, but was not so when the company took possession.
“No, when we took over the site, it was already overgrown with (acacia trees), so we asked the government to clear,” he said, asserting that this was one of the issues raised and being negotiated in multiple meetings with the government.
The hearing before High Court judicial commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan will resume later this afternoon.
On June 3, 2013, Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp filed the defamation suit against Rafizi and Malaysiakini’s publisher Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd over the PKR leader’s statements in a March 7, 2012 press conference that was reported the same day.