PETALING JAYA: Tommy Thomas' support for a secular state is not amongst the reasons why his candidacy for Attorney General was rejected by the King, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.
Several other reasons for the impasse have been touted, amongst them allegations that since Thomas has represented Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his corruption cases, he would not be an impartial AG.
"Lim Guan Eng is in the government and Finance Minister, there is no reason for Thomas to be Lim's friend," Dr Mahathir told the press after a state Pakatan Harapan meeting in Kedah on Sunday (June 3).
He said Thomas was Lim's lawyer, but said at the same time Thomas has also represented Barisan Nasional leaders.
"Yes, he is a lawyer for everybody even for Barisan Nasional, and is just making an income," Mahathir said.
On whether Putrajaya will propose a new candidate if the King rejects Thomas' candidacy, Dr Mahathir said they will follow the law.
"We do matters according to the laws and the Federal Constitution, but the King is acting on advice of the government," he said.
"We are holding on to our principles," he added.
Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that "The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney-General for the Federation".