Reveal findings of probe on Tommy Thomas' book, says Umno Youth


PETALING JAYA: The findings of the special task force investigation of allegations against former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas' memoirs should be made public immediately, says Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

The Umno Youth chief said this was important to maintain the people's trust in institutions that were empowered to defend the rule of law, such as the judiciary and police force.

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"Most importantly, it is to restore the rakyat's confidence in the judicial system and the rule of law as a whole so that no parties will not be victimised and become victims of political stakeholders," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 21).

On Aug 29, de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the task force investigation of claims against Thomas' book My Story: Justice in the WIlderness had been completed and the final report would be presented to the Cabinet soon.

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The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) said the task force, chaired by Sarawak Legal Adviser and former state attorney general Datuk Seri Fong Joo Chung, had identified 19 important issues regarding allegations in the book that require the government's attention.

Asyraf said Umno Youth also found at least eight issues that could jeopardise the integrity of the judicial system and the rule of law.

Published last year, the book was criticised by various quarters including the Attorney General's Chambers, lawyers, politicians and some members of the public for allegedly containing elements of incitement, insult and slander.

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More than a hundred police reports were lodged against Thomas over the book.

The special task force also comprised former Sabah state secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan and former Women, Family and Community Development Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Junaidah Kamaruddin, who is also former director-general of the Legal Affairs Division.

Other members of the team are former judge and former senior federal counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh Bant Singh, lawyers Datuk Shaharudin Ali and Balaguru Karupiah, as well as representatives from the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre and the Chief Government Security Office.

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