It's a hot seat, Thomas – reminder from Apandi

  • Jun 5, 2018
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Mohamed Apandi Ali has congratulated constitutional expert Tommy Thomas who is slated to succeed him as attorney-general.

On the same note, he reminded Thomas that being AG is not a walk in the park.

“I wish to congratulate him and wish him the best with the reminder that the duty of an AG is not easy.

“May he succeed in the 'hot seat',” he told Berita Harian.

After reported resistance from the palace to the government's decision to nominate Thomas for the post, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V consented to his appointment and Apandi's termination.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz said His Majesty had, on the advice of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, given his consent to the appointment according to Article 145(1) of the Federal Constitution.

“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also called on all Malaysians to accept that the appointment of the attorney-general should not create religious or racial conflict as every Malaysian should be fairly treated regardless of race and religion,” he said.

In a statement dated June 4 and issued by Istana Negara to Bernama early this morning, Wan Ahmad said the appointment would continue to preserve the special rights and privileges of the Malays and bumiputeras, as well as the status of Islam as the federal religion.

Apandi's head landed on the chopping block from the moment Dr Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as prime minister a day after the May 9 general election.

He had openly accused the former AG of concealing evidence with regard to 1MDB, which Apandi denied.

When he refused to relinquish his post, Mahathir, on May 14, said Apandi had been asked to go on leave and solicitor-general Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek was assigned to take over his duties with immediate effect.