Breaking: Tommy Thomas claims PAS helped him keep Attorney-General job

Thomas said he was indebted to his confidants for helping to secure his appointment, also reportedly saying: “Quite ironically, PAS may have also contributed to my appointment with a perfectly timed press release.” Source (pic): TTF Files

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Tan Sri Tommy Thomas has reportedly said that PAS may have helped him stay as attorney general, instead of resigning the next day after his appointment in June 2018 to the country’s top legal post.

Thomas reportedly said that Dr Mahathir, who wanted him to resign a day after his appointment, changed his mind after PAS released a statement regarding the appointment.

“Apparently, a public statement issued by PAS that night that they had no objections to my appointment, especially since I had represented the PAS governments of Terengganu and Kelantan in their petroleum royalty cases against Petronas, had surprised Tun (Mahathir),” he was quoted saying.

Thomas said PAS later wanted him removed over what they viewed as a “racist” decision by him as attorney general to drop all charges against all suspects of the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group.


KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Tommy Thomas has reportedly said that PAS may have helped him stay as attorney general, instead of resigning the next day after his appointment in June 2018 to the country’s top legal post.

Thomas reportedly said that Dr Mahathir, who wanted him to resign a day after his appointment, changed his mind after PAS released a statement regarding the appointment.




“Apparently, a public statement issued by PAS that night that they had no objections to my appointment, especially since I had represented the PAS governments of Terengganu and Kelantan in their petroleum royalty cases against Petronas, had surprised Tun (Mahathir),” he was quoted saying.

Thomas said he received a phone call from Dr Mahathir the next morning at 7.30am, with the then prime minister wanting him to take the position instead and giving his assurance that he would have his full trust, which resulted in Thomas then accepting the appointment.

Thomas said he was indebted to his confidants for helping to secure his appointment, also reportedly saying: “Quite ironically, PAS may have also contributed to my appointment with a perfectly timed press release.”

Thomas’ book later said that both Umno and PAS had in February 2020 wanted DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng removed as finance minister and Thomas himself to be removed as attorney general.

Thomas reportedly said that this condition was due to their anger over what they viewed as a “racist” decision by him as attorney general to drop all charges against all suspects of the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group.

Malaysiakini said Dr Mahathir then was attempting to have a unity government established, and Thomas had in his memoir claimed that Dr Mahathir intended not to renew his contract as attorney general upon its June 2020 expiry and that the then interim prime minister believed that Umno and PAS would agree to such a date.

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Adapted from the Malay Mail Online

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