Special task force report on Thomas’ memoirs declassified, findings made public

PETALING JAYA: The special task force report on former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas' book "My Story: Justice In The Wilderness'' has been declassified.

The 241-page report was made public on the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister's Department website on Friday (Oct 21).

The report can be accessed at https://www.bheuu.gov.my/pdf/Penerbitan/LAPORAN%20PPK%20TT_kelas%20semula_terbuka%201.pdf

On Oct 13, caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the special task force report on Thomas’ book would be declassified, but did not specify when this would take place.

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"The report on the former attorney general's book as well as that on Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge were presented to the Cabinet on Sept 30 and Oct 7.

"Following the presentation of the report, the government has agreed to declassify the report to the public," he said in a statement.

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On Sept 30, Ismail Sabri had directed an immediate investigation over Thomas’ allegations in the book about the judiciary, among others.

The order came after the special task force into Thomas’ autobiography had presented a report to the ministers at the Cabinet meeting.

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The special task force, chaired by Sarawak Legal Adviser and former state attorney general Datuk Seri Fong Joo Chung, identified 19 important issues in the book that required the government’s attention.

The task force, which carried out the probe over a period of nine months, comprised former Sabah secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan, and former women, family and community development minister secretary-general Datuk Dr Junaidah Kamaruddin.

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

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

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

Thomas was appointed as the attorney general under the Pakatan Harapan government in 2018 but resigned after the administration collapsed in February 2020.

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