Dr M: I'm not in the business of firing people (updated)

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  • Thursday, 07 Nov 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not entertain calls to sack Attorney General Tommy Thomas.

Dr Mahathir said unless “something very serious” had been committed by an individual, he would not simply fire anyone.

“I am not in the business of firing people. Sometimes people make mistakes.

“I also would like to sack some of the opposition members because they make a lot of mistakes, but we have the rule of law. So we obey the rule of law.

“Unless something very, very serious happens, I do not fire people even though people have asked me to fire this person, fire that person, ” said Dr Mahathir at a press conference here Thursday (Nov 7).

Opposition MPs had asked Dr Mahathir to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dismiss the AG, following a spate of alleged “interventions” in court decisions.

The latest incident which the opposition cried foul was on the court’s decision to drop two terrorism-related charges against Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran, over alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Earlier, Thomas explained the prosecution's decision to drop two additional charges against Gunasekaran.

He told Malaysiakini that Gunasekaran is already facing similar charges, where he could face life imprisonment upon conviction.

“So there is no need for an overkill. It is therefore a lie to claim that all charges against Gunasekaran were dropped,” he was quoted as saying

“However, nothing stops us from charging him again down the road,” he added.

Related stories:

Opposition lawmakers want AG sacked over 'interventions'

Wee: AG must explain why two terrorism charges dropped against DAP rep

Two charges dropped against Seremban Jaya rep Gunasekaran over LTTE links

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