DPM Muhyiddin Yassin sure has a lot to answer regarding the failure of the National Feedlot Centre to meet its target of breeding 8,000 cows after more than two years of operations, and after having received a soft loan (why soft loan?) from the government of RM250 million (that’s a lot of people’s money you know?). The failure of the National Feedlot Centre was one of the more pronounced failures exposed in the recently released Auditor General’s report.
Muhyiddin who was the Agriculture Minister then, has reportedly thrown the buck to current Agriculture Minister Noh Omar to answer questions for the failure. You know, Noh Omar is already finding it hard to seek answers to the RM110 million incentives promised to 73,000 odd farmers to increase the national rice output that has yet to be disbursed to the farmers. Besides that, Noh Omar is struggling with his popularity status in Selangor and if he does not perform, I see little hope that he can be categorized as a ‘winnable candidate’ for the upcoming GE, and obviously the ‘exit door’ policy will be forced upon him by the party. There is already so much of talk in Selangor that there is a popularity struggle between Noh Omar and Ezam Nor as to who should lead the state during the next GE, and a win for BN will see either one becoming the MB.
I think, Muhyiddin’s descision of throwing the buck at Noh Omar is an irresponsible act at its worse. Mind you, Muhyiddin was the minister then, and I believe he had a hand in the approval of the soft loan and of all people; to the husband of a lady UMNO minister. Does he not know that it would be quite improper; unethical to say the least (though not legally wrong, but morally incorrect) to approve such an enormous sum of money to the husband of a minister? Does he not know that this act will be subjected to public scrutiny? If my memory hasn’t faded, I think the loan was approved prior to the 2008 GE. And if indeed it was approved prior to the 2008 GE, do you not smell something sinister here? And who was the lady minister then? Wasn’t she the head of the Wanita UMNO wing where women votes really counts.
Now, Muhyiddin has the audacity to say that, “There is nothing unusual or wrong. The audit found weakness which will be explained”. What kind of a lame statement is this, coming from a senior minister who is the PM designate, as most would say? How can a stupid person like me accept that there is nothing ‘unusual and wrong’ when RM250 million of public money has already been spent without the project achieving its target after more than two years?
The question remains - who is going to explain the failure? Surely it is not going to be Noh Omar for reasons I have describe above? And why has Muhyiddin avoided answering a failure of his own doing? If this is the sort of leaders that this country continue's to have, than I can only say that this country is going to the dogs. I now begin to wonder too; how much of the soft loan (or was it an outright grant)given to the lady minister’s husband has been recovered. Was this reflected in the Auditor General’s report?
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