Make report on Tommy Thomas memoir public, says Zahid

PETALING JAYA: The investigation report into the memoirs of former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas should be made public, urges Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

Fearing of "cover-up" in the investigation as several current members of the Cabinet were part of the previous Pakatan Harapan administration, he said the report must be disclosed to the public in full details of Thomas's 'political' appointment.

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"The report by the Special Task Force is essential because it has the potential to reveal the issue of selective prosecution that occurred during the Pakatan government.

"It will also reveal the possibility of interference in judicial affairs by a former prime minister for his political interests.

"We hope that allegations of the current Attorney General recommending that the final report of the investigation not be made public are just rumours.

"We also hope that the Cabinet will not be in any position to cover up certain facts.

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"This concern arises because we understand that several Cabinet members of the existing coalition government are former members of the Pakatan government.

"The Cabinet members involved have been working together with Thomas for 22 months, so it is feared that there might be matters that they could cover-up," said Zahid.

Earlier, Umno Youth Chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had also called for the report's findings to be made public.

"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 Sept 21.

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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.

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.

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