Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil begins her leave today.
In a statement yesterday, Shahrizat who is Wanita Umno chief, said this was to facilitate investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) into her possible involvement in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) case.
She said she had submitted her request for leave to the Prime Minister.
Shahrizat is right smack in the centre of the NFC controversy which exploded after the Auditor-General's 2010 Report on the project was made public.
The AG described it as "messy" and had failed to meet targets set by the government.
She immediately became the target of attacks from opposition party leaders because her husband Dr Mohamed Salleh Ismail is the executive chairman of NFC and their three children are also directors of the company.
In December 2007 under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's administration, a soft loan of RM250 million - with an annual interest of two per cent for 10 years - was approved for NFC to start a national feedlot centre in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, to help reduce beef imports.
The initial target was to produce 60,000 head of cattle a year.Investigations by MACC and police are ongoing.