Tuesday October 16, 2012
Shahrizat: Attacks are ‘so evil’
By M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has described the attacks on her over the National Feedlot Centre scandal as “so evil”.
Testifying at the High Court yesterday, she said the attacks were “so evil”, questioning her responsibility as a wife, mother and leader.
“It is a personal thing. They mentioned Shahrizat when I had nothing to do with it. I want to clear my name and my family’s name.”
She blamed two PKR leaders for what she termed their political assassination against her.
PKR strategic director Mohd Rafizi Ramli and Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin were the cause of all those calls for her to quit as the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, she said.
When told by Mohd Rafizi’s lead counsel Ranjit Singh that she should provide a clear explanation to the allegations linked to her, she said: “Yes, I know; but that is because of political assassination by the defendants.”
Testifying before Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera in her RM100mil defamation suit against both the PKR leaders, Shahrizat, 59, said some Barisan Nasional elders, such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, and other leaders could have also been taken up by statements from the PKR duo.
She disagreed with Ranjit that Barisan leaders had asked her to resign as she had become a liability to the party and Government in view of the coming general election.
She stressed that she was not embarrassed by the calls from Umno, MCA and Gerakan that sought for her resignation.
She agreed that public figures were subject to scrutiny but there should be no slander or defamation from others.
Shahrizat said she wanted to be investigated so that her name would be cleared.
Asked why she quit her post, she said: “I did not want to be a burden to the Government. I want to spend some time in search of the truth.”
In the lawsuit filed on Jan 19, Shahrizat said Mohd Rafizi and Zuraida had held a series of press conferences in an orchestrated attack against NFC and her family.
Rafizi, in his defence, said his statement on Nov 8 last year was fair comment on a matter of public interest. He has filed a counter-claim on March 8 against Shahrizat.
Hearing continues on March 18.