Probe ordered into alleged misconduct by former AG Tommy Thomas

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  • Friday, 30 Sep 2022

Tan Sri Tommy Thomas

PETALING JAYA: Former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas will be investigated over his allegations about the judiciary; disclosure of classified information and official secrets; abuse of power and for sedition, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In a statement Friday (Sept 30), the Prime Minister said that the special task force into Thomas' autobiography "My Story: Justice in the Wilderness" had presented a report to the ministers at the Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya on Friday.

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"The report by the task force over a nine-month period between December 2021 and August 2022 had detailed all the allegations as stated by Thomas in his book.

"The task force categorised 19 issues in the book into four, namely allegations against the judiciary; disclosure of classified information and secrets; illegal actions, abuse of power and professional negligence; and seditious statements.

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"The task force also made proposals for action the government can take.

"I have instructed further investigations by relevant enforcement authorities into the possibility of misconduct by Thomas.

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"The investigations will be made under the Section 124(1) of the Penal Code; Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948; Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972; and Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009," Ismail Sabri said.

Thomas' book received a lot of criticism from various quarters, including the Attorney General's Chambers, lawyers, politicians and the public.

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

Thomas was the attorney general under the Pakatan Harapan government from 2018 to 2020.

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The special task force comprised former Sabah 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 its legal affairs division.

Other members 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 (GIACC) and the Chief Government Security Office (CGSO).

When contacted, Thomas declined to comment.

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