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It is my own decision to give up post as minister, says Shahrizat
Reports by P. ARUNA, ISABELLE LAI, ONG HAN SEAN, SIRA HABIBU, REGINA LEE, DERRICK VINESH, RAHIMY RAHIM and JOSEPH SIPALAN
Pictures by KEVIN TAN and AZMAN GHANI
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has announced she will relinquish her post as Women, Family and Community Development Minister when her senatorship ends on April 8.
However, the embattled Cabinet member will continue her duties as Wanita Umno chief.
“I want to do the right thing. And I feel that the right thing for me to do is to step down from my position as minister,” she told a packed press conference at the Taman Desa Waterpark here yesterday.
Shahrizat, who was expected to announce her resignation from her post on Saturday, did not disappoint and looked composed when she addressed the press.
“I want to be very clear that this is my own decision,” she stressed when questioned on whether she was asked to step down.
The first-term senator’s announcement comes after numerous allegations involving the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) of which her husband Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Salleh and son Wan Shahinur Izmi hold the posts of executive chairman and chief executive officer respectively.
NFCorp is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police after repeated accusations by the Opposition that the corporation’s federal-funded soft loan had been used for purposes unrelated to cattle farming.
Police recommended last month that the Attorney-General charge NFCorp’s directors with criminal breach of trust, but the public prosecutor returned the investigations papers for further investigations.
“I have nothing to do with NFCorp other than that I am married to the chairman,” she said.
She expressed firm resolve in carrying out her ministerial duties, saying she had committed to several programmes with non-governmental organisations.
The seasoned politician described her years as Women, Family and Community Development Minister as “very fulfilling” as she had managed to bring about changes to the lives of the ministry’s target groups the poor, disabled and senior citizens.