Report on Tommy Thomas memoir to be made public

Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas’ book, titled My Story: Justice in the Wilderness, was published in January last year.

PETALING JAYA: Results of a government investigation into the memoirs of former attorney-general Tommy Thomas are to be made public, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.Ads by 

“We will reveal it,” he said when asked by reporters about the investigating team’s report, which had raised 11 matters of concern. He did not elaborate further.

Yesterday, Ismail said he had ordered a criminal investigation to be conducted against Thomas under the Sedition Act, Official Secrets Act, the Penal Code and the anti-corruption law.

Police said today they had taken a statement from Thomas about the content of his book.

Bukit Aman secretary Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said the authorities have opened an investigation paper following the prime minister’s instructions for further investigation after the special task force’ submitted its report on the book to the Cabinet.

“The investigation paper will be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on Monday for further instructions,” she said in a statement today.

The special task force found four main issues of concern: allegations against the judiciary, leak of government secrets, abuse of power and negligence, and seditious remarks.

The book, My Story: Justice in the Wilderness, was published in January last year.

Thomas was appointed as attorney-general in May 2018 after Pakatan Harapan took power. He served for 20 months and resigned after the PH government collapsed.

He has since faced allegations of having defamed and insulted various parties in the book. Among those who lodged reports against him were former attorney-general Apandi Ali and former solicitor-general Hanafiah Zakaria.

The special task force looking into his book was led by Sarawak state legal adviser and former state attorney-general JC Fong. Members of the task force were former Sabah government chief secretary Hashim Paijan, former legal affairs division director Junaidah Kamarudin, former judge BS Jagjit Singh as well as lawyers Shaharudin Ali and K Balaguru.

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