PETALING JAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, has consented to the appointment of Tommy Thomas (pic) as the new Attorney-General (AG).
In a statement, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz said the King, on the advice of the Prime Minister Tun Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had given the approval to the appointment of Thomas as the AG according to Article 145(1) of the Federal Constitution.
The King, said Wan Ahmad, also called on Malaysians to accept the appointment of the AG, adding it should not create conflict as every Malaysian should be treated fairly regardless of their race or religion.
"The appointment would still continue to uphold the special privileges of the Malays and bumiputra as well as Islam as the religion of the Federation," said Wan Ahmad.
He said the King also approved the termination of Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali as AG after taking into consideration the views of the Malay Rulers on three issues.
These issues are the appointment of the AG, the rights of the bumiputras, and the role of the Council of Rulers as stated under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.
"The King has also expressed his disappointment (dukacita) and worries on media reports of late that were inaccurate and negative in nature, which could threaten the peace and harmony in the nation.
"The King has the obligation to uphold the Federal Constitution and preserve the rights of the Malays and bumiputras, as well as to protect Islam," he added.
Dr Mahathir on May 14 announced that Apandi was told to go on leave and would be temporarily replaced by Solicitor-General Datuk Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek.
The proposal to appoint Thomas as AG had sparked a disagreement with the King, but Dr Mahathir was adamant and submitted only Thomas' name as the sole candidate for the post.
However the King insisted on more than one name, according to sources close to the royalty.