Shahrizat Jalil will be on leave for three weeks from tomorrow as Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
She has put in the leave application to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I hope the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be able to undertake the investigation to determine whether I was associated with or not in any of the decisions made by the Government on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) in which my husband, Datuk Seri Dr Mohammad Salleh Ismail, is the executive chairman," she said in a statement.
The NFC issue cropped up after the 2010 Auditor-General's Report issued last October said the corporation's cattle-breeding project in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, to boost production and reduce import of beef had failed to meet its target.
The issue heated up following allegations by the opposition political parties of irregularities in the government allocation of RM250 million to NFC.
Speculations are rife that Shahrizat will not be chosen as a BN candidate in the next general election. Her Senate seat also will not be extended.
I don't want to speculate and contemplate. Its the prerogative rights of Najib as Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman.
Until investigations are concluded, better not write any further...