Agong consents the appointment of Tommy Thomas as AG though not Muslim-Malay

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the appointment of Tommy Thomas as the new Attorney-General (AG) replacing Tan Sri Apandi Ali.

Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz in a statement said, His Majesty has consented the appointment of Tommy Thomas after taking into account the opinions of the Malay Rulers about the appointment of AG, Bumiputera rights, and the roles of the Council of Rulers under Article153 of the Federal Constitution.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong has also consented to the termination of the services of Tan Sri Apandi Ali as the AG by the Government of Malaysia.  

 His Majesty has consented to the appointment of the new AG in line with the advice of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, 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 AG should not create religious or racial conflict as every Malaysian should be fairly treated regardless of race and religion, said the statement.

In a statement dated June 4 and issued by Istana Negara early this morning, Wan Ahmad Dahlan 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.

Wan Ahmad Dahlan also said that Sultan Muhammad V had expressed his disappointment and worry about inaccurate and negative media reports of late which could threaten peace and harmony in the country.

“His Majesty said that he has an obligation to uphold the Federal Constitution and preserve the special rights of the Malays and Bumiputeras, as well as to protect Islam,” he added. –Malaysia World News