PM: Pakatan's silence on Thomas' book implies guilt

KUALA LUMPUR: Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) has taken a swipe at Pakatan Harapan's silence over a special task force investigation on former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas's book.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Umno vice-president, said usually those who are silent are guilty.

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"I don't know why they are silent.

"Usually people who are guilty would be silent. Usually, but I am not sure in this matter," he said in jest after attending a briefing by the police on preparations for the general election and possible floods, at Bukit Aman on Tuesday (Oct 25).

He was asked to comment on why Pakatan appeared to distance themselves from the case.

On Thomas's case, Ismail said he would leave it to the respective authorities to investigate.

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

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

The special task force report on the book has been declassified and the 241-page report was made public on the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister's Department website on Friday (Oct 21).

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