Justice Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar speaks during a press conference in Kuching on August 28, 2022. – Bernama pic
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Monday, August 29, 2022 12:12 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, August 29 – The special task force formed to look into the allegations of former Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas in his book titled My Story: Justice in the Desert found 19 key issues that deserve “greater attention” from the government, de facto justice minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today.
Its findings will be presented in a final report to be tabled shortly before Cabinet, the Minister announced in a statement released this morning.
“The final report was prepared after a detailed study of the documents and consultations with the parties concerned. In this matter, up to 19 consultation sessions were held with various interested parties including governmental and non-governmental agencies and individuals” , did he declare.
“Among other things, the working group has identified 19 key issues in the book that deserve greater attention from the government,” the minister added.
Today’s announcement comes despite a two-month delay in preparing the final report.
Wan Junaidi had said in April that the task force would be ready to present its final findings by June after the committee overseeing the ad hoc task force consulted and approved a draft version of the report the same month.
“Moving forward, the final report will be tabled before the Cabinet in the near future to obtain the mandate and directive for the necessary follow-up action,” Wan Junaidi said in today’s statement. .
The special task force was appointed by the Cabinet on December 22 last year and, according to Wan Junaidi, conducted 10 meetings between December 23, 2021 and April 12.
He said the meetings involved discussions and consultations with relevant individuals and government agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General (AGC), the Royal Malaysian Police, the Judicial Service Commission, the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Industries and Plantation Products.
The ad hoc working group is chaired by Sarawak State Legal Counsel and former Sarawak State Attorney General Datuk Seri Fong Joo Chung.
In January, Thomas wrote to Chung and said he had no intention of cooperating with the investigation because the creation of the task force is not only unprecedented but without legal basis, and potentially jeopardizes the independence of the AGC.
After Thomas published his book in January last year, more than 100 police reports were made against him, including a significant number from Umno members.