PETALING JAYA: The Bar Council has welcomed and congratulated Tommy Thomas on his appointment as the new Attorney-General (AG).
Bar Council president George Varughese said Thomas is the first practising lawyer to be appointed directly from the council to be AG.
“His seniority and reputation of competence and integrity make him eminently suitable for the vital role of AG.
“The council is confident that, as the AG, he (Thomas) will remain true to the principles and essence of the council, and continue to uphold the rule of law and the cause of justice without fear or favour,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Thomas’ appointment bodes well for the Government’s agenda of holistic institutional reforms, Varughese added.
“After being admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Thomas began his career at Messrs Skrine & Co, and became a partner in 1982.
“In 2000, he established his own law firm, engaging exclusively in litigation matters,” he said.
He added Thomas served in the Bar Council from 1984 to 1988, and from 1993 to 2001.
“He was elected as the council secretary from 1995 to 1997. He was a member of the council (Disciplinary Proceedings) Review Committee under the chairmanship of Tun Hussein Onn, and wrote its report in 1986,” Varughese said.
In a career spanning 42 years, Thomas has appeared as counsel in landmark cases in various branches of the law, in all the courts of Malaysia, from the magistrate’s court to the Privy Council in London, which was Malaysia’s highest court until 1985.
“He has had more than 120 reported cases and countless unreported cases.
“He has been singled out as one of Malaysia’s leading litigation lawyers by numerous independent international publications,” said Varughese.
Among the publications were The Asia Pacific Legal 500, Which Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal (The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers), Commercial Litigation Lawyers of Asia, and Chambers Asia.