TTF: Notice how conjectural Tommy Thomas’ claims are regarding the resignation of the six Election Commission (EC) members (see news item below)?
Just because the resignations were tendered immediately after government began the process of establishing a tribunal, he has no business concluding that their move was to frustrate investigations.
But what do you expect?
I mean, the rule of law escaped Tommy long ago, even before he was appointed Attorney-General of Malaysia.
I’ve lodged two police reports against this fellow and written tons and tons of articles (follow links below) to demonstrate just why he is unfit to carry on as the principal legal advisor to government.
2. With Shukri leading the MACC, I am shocked that Ramkarpal is shocked that the MACC is shocked regarding LGE’s acquittal
5. Najib failkan saman terhadap Shukri Abdull, Tommy Thomas dan Amar Singh atas dakwaan bersikap prejudis
On the 8th of September 2018, I wrote:
On the 7th of September 2018, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in a statement issued by his office, said his lawyers had received an affidavit signed by an officer in the AG’s Chambers on Thursday (Sept 6) morning.
In the affidavit, the AGC (led by Tommy Thomas) claimed that lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah received payments amounting to RM9.5mil from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak between 2013 and 2014.
However, Shafee had denied this allegation on record in an affidavit he affirmed on Aug 3, 2017, in the proceeding brought about by Anwar in his Originating Summon in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur vide WA-24-36- 06/2017.
It is extraordinarily peculiar that the AGC failed to acknowledge this when issuing the 6th September 2018 affidavit (as I have been informed by a party that sighted the affidavit).
“When Gani suggested that an agreement is entered into between the government and me for purposes of that assignment, I had suggested RM1 to be the formal consideration amount.
“It was counter-suggested by Gani that an amount of RM1,000 is placed as consideration. This culminated in a written agreement dated July 19, 2013, reflecting the terms of my appointment as the ad hoc deputy public persecutor pursuant to a fiat (a legal authoritative decision that has absolute sanction). This document remains confidential as provided for therein.”
It is also extraordinarily peculiar that the AGC failed to acknowledge all this this when issuing the 6th September 2018 affidavit.
Truth is, the AGC under Tommy is is going all out to criminalise anything related to Barisan Nasional or Najib Razak, including members of Najib’s defence team and anyone else seen associated with the former premier.
Today, he’s accusing former EC members of subverting a tribunal against them despite their actions being completely justifiable and within the confines of law.
Is it not obvious that Tommy is the one who’s frustrated, now that the legality of the tribunal hangs in the balance?
How can anyone trust in the Malaysian system of justice any longer with a man like Tommy Thomas helming the Attorney-General’s chambers?
PETALING JAYA: The resignation of the six Election Commission (EC) members was a deliberate move to frustrate a tribunal set up to investigate their misconduct while in office, says Attorney General Tommy Thomas.
“The resignations of the EC members were clearly a deliberate move to frustrate investigations of the tribunal, and to avoid the ignominy of being removed, with all its attendant consequences.
“The resignations were tendered immediately after it was reported that the government had begun the process of establishing such a tribunal, and yet were ‘post-dated’ unilaterally by the EC members to take effect on Jan 1, 2019,” said Thomas.
In a media statement on Wednesday (Jan 30), Thomas said he felt the need to clarify the position taken by the Attorney General’s Chambers that the proceedings in the tribunal on the EC commissioners were not academic.
He said the main reason for setting up the tribunal was to find out if the six committed misconduct before and during the GE14, and if they did, to recommend to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the appropriate action to be taken against them.
“The tribunal must first carry out an investigation into their conduct as stated in the 13 charges against them to determine the facts as to the issue of misconduct.
“These are very serious charges which, if established, will demonstrate personal culpability on the part of the EC members for the way in which GE14 was organised.
“The relevant period of time that the tribunal is tasked to investigate is before and on polling day (May 9, 2018). The members were then in office, and it is their conduct then that is being investigated.
The acts or omissions of EC members cannot be immune from scrutiny and investigation of the tribunal simply because they have resigned,” said Thomas.
The six ex-EC members involved are Tan Sri Othman Mahmood, Datuk Md Yusop Mansor, Datuk Abdul Aziz Khalidin, Datuk Sulaiman Narawi, Datuk K. Bala Singam Karupiah and Datuk Leo Chong Cheong.
Thomas further pointed out that tribunal proceedings could affect any benefits they were due to receive.
“The outcome of the tribunal proceedings can potentially have direct financial implications on the (former) EC members’ entitlements to pension and other benefits, which will accrue to them on resignation, but may not be payable if they are removed.
“Ultimately, the tribunal is free to decide on the preliminary issue as it wishes, and to make recommendations to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” said Thomas.
On Monday, the tribunal was told that findings of the tribunal would only be academic as the persons in question have quit.
The five-man bench presiding over the tribunal is chaired by retired Federal Court judge Tan Sri Steve Shim.
Source: The Star Online