Throughout today’s cross-examination there were exchanges between Shahrizat, a former lawyer and magistrate, and Ranjit Singh as at times the former minister was seen to be hesitant in giving a direct answer.
‘I did not know my son is NFC director’
Asked by lawyer Ranjit when did she know her husband Mohd Salleh Ismail was awarded the NFC project, Shahrizat said sometime in late 2006 and 2007.
She said that she did not know the exact time as her husband had said that he wanted all three children to work in the project, where two of them, Wan Shahinur Izran ( left ) and Wan Izzan Fatimah Zabedah, were still overseas at that time.
Ranjit then proceeded in showing a company search which his law firm had done.
Ranjit: Your son who was born in 2004 at the age of 22 became a director of NFC on Dec 29, 2006.
Shahrizat: I do not know as we never discuss this. You see my husband is a professional and always busy. He has his work and I have mine as a minister.
Ranjit: You mean your son lives with you in the same house and you do not know about this?
Shahrizat: I only remember my husband telling me that he wanted the children to come back home and work with NFC that was sometime in 2007. He (Wan Shahinur Izran) graduated at the age of 19 in Computer Science from a university in Sacramento, California. He worked there for a year, and upon his return he told me he wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Ranjit: Did you not ask him what projects he was working on while he was at home or where he was leaving for work?
Ranjit: I would have asked my children where they are headed for work as I would want to know their whereabouts.
Ranjit: I put it to you that you know Izran was involved in the NFC project even when it was awarded in 2006.
Her other children Wan Izzan Fatimah became an NFC director on Sept 19, 2007 while Wan Shahinur Izmir was appointed director two months later, on Nov 7.
She testified before a packed courtroom of Umno and PKR supporters.
The hearing before Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera continues on Sept 18.
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