Govt looking into splitting AG’s role in two

PETALING JAYA: The government has started planning on separating the roles of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor to uphold the rule of law, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said the government is always open and ready to take measures to preserve public trust in the legislature, and this would include the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

“For now, to ensure the aspect of justice and fulfilment of the principle of the rule of law, as well as to avoid conflict of interest, the government has started plans to separate the roles of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor.

“This will be improved through comparative studies with other countries, while considering the suitability of the country’s legal system,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Takiyuddin added that the government has no objection to the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) should it be needed.

“The need to set up a RCI should be based on facts and law as well as measures by certain parties that may raise questions of integrity and confidence against the legislature, which is supposed to act as adviser to the government in legal aspects as well as being the gatekeeper of criminal justice,” he said.

In a Facebook post earlier yesterday, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman called for a RCI to be set up to reform the AGC.

She said current developments in the country have caused an erosion of public trust in the AGC.

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