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KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 (Bernama) — Former women, family and community development minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil told the High Court here today, that none of her family members had discussed with her, a purchase of two condominium units.
As a result, she said, she was in the dark over the purchase of the two ‘One Menerung’ condominium units using the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) funds.
“Yes, they (family members) did not discuss with me,” she said when cross-examined by defence counsel Ranjit Singh in her suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin and the party’s strategic director Mohd Rafizi Ramli.
Asked further by Ranjit who acted for Mohd Rafizi, whether she knew that a company by the name of National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC), had purchased the units, Shahrizat replied: “I do not know”.
The Wanita Umno chief said she was aware of allegations in respect to the NFCorp when the company became an issue.
Shahrizat disagreed with Ranjit’s suggestion that Mohd Rafizi’s statement over the NFCorp issue was in response to statements made by the prime minister and agriculture and agro-based industry minister in Parliament in 2011.
“No, I disagree. He (Mohd Rafizi) was gunning for me as Wanita BN chief because he is afraid of the strength of Wanita BN,」 she said, adding that Mohd Rafizi’s statement over the NFCorp issue had always mentioned her family.
On Jan 19, last year, Shahrizat filed a defamation suit against Zuraida and Mohd Rafizi over an alleged defamatory statement the duo had made about her on the NFCorp issue.
She is seeking RM100 million in general, exemplary and aggravated damages.
She has also applied for an injunction to prevent the defendants from issuing the statement concerned, either verbally or in print, against her, NFCorp or its associate companies.
The hearing before Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera continues.