SHAH ALAM: PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad is urging the relevant authorities to investigate Attorney General Tommy Thomas over any possible conflict of interest following the acquittal of Lim Guan Eng and Phang Li Koon of corruption charges.
“Thomas is the AG and it gives a perception as though the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has a conflict of interest," he told reporters during a press conference at Selangor PAS headquarters on Monday (Sept 3).
Idris pointed out that Thomas was formerly the Finance Minister’s counsel in his corruption case.
“Thomas is regarded by many as a person with integrity in law and it’s better from him to resign as AG,” he said.
Idris stressed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must be independent in investigating and prosecuting any corruption cases in Malaysia.
“It is disappointing when the MACC said it was shocked with the AGC’s decision. It seems as though the AGC’s decision had contradicted investigations and recommendations by the MACC,” he said.
Idris said that Pakatan Harapan had once championed the principles of integrity and accountability in governance.
“Sometimes, when people come to power, you will see their true colours. They talk about integrity and accountability, but when it involves themselves, they contradict what they preached when they were the Opposition,” he argued.
Earlier Monday (Sept 3), the Penang High Court acquitted Lim, the former Penang chief minister, and businesswoman Phang on corruption charges over the alleged conversion of land status and the purchase of a bungalow below market value.
High Court judge Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail acquitted both accused and decided the charges be dropped despite the prosecution only proposing a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
The duo’s acquittal had opened up a barrage of criticism from civil society organisations, the MACC and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, all of whom expressed shock over the court’s decision.