Ex-CJ needles Tommy Thomas over possible bias in Adib inquest

Abdul Hamid said it was unusual for Thomas to order the lawyer to do so by claiming that she often contradicted the position of the deputy public prosecutors (DPP) who were also the conducting officers of the proceeding. Source (pic): Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia

Former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad has reminded Attorney-General Tommy Thomas on the need for the latter to be impartial over the ongoing inquest of deceased firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

“I don’t understand why he (Thomas) said that it was embarrassing for Syazlin to contradict the DPPs. Both Syazlin and the DPPs are helping the court to find out how Adib died, they are not representing opposing sides in a trial,” he argued.


KUALA LUMPUR: Former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad has reminded Attorney-General Tommy Thomas on the need for the latter to be impartial over the ongoing inquest of deceased firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Abdul Hamid’s strongly-worded statement today came on the heels of yesterday’s revelation of Thomas’ possible bias by lawyer Syazlin Mansor.

Syazlin represented Adib’s family and the government for 36 weeks at the inquest before ordered by the AG to recuse herself due to her alleged vocal streak during the proceedings.


Abdul Hamid said it was unusual for Thomas to order the lawyer to do so by claiming that she often contradicted the position of the deputy public prosecutors (DPP) who were also the conducting officers of the proceeding.

“I don’t understand why he (Thomas) said that it was embarrassing for Syazlin to contradict the DPPs. Both Syazlin and the DPPs are helping the court to find out how Adib died, they are not representing opposing sides in a trial,” he argued.

Syazlin had recused herself from the inquest on May 27 and had kept mum about it until yesterday, when she asserted that Thomas initially, had no problem with her appointment but later accused her of acting in bad faith.

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