Justice Minister: Full report of special task force on ex-AG Tommy Thomas book due in June | Malaysia

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In a statement, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he and the Special Task Force Oversight Committee consulted and approved a draft version of the report today. — photo by Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 – The full report of the Special Task Force to review the book of former Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, My Story: Justice in the Desertshould be ready by the end of June, according to de facto justice minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

In a statement today, Wan Junaidi said he and the special task force oversight committee consulted and approved a draft version of the report today.

“This special task force is a team that is focused on ‘finding the facts’ regarding the allegations contained in Tan Sri Tommy Thomas’ book.

“The final report which will be prepared by the special task force will be provided to Cabinet for consideration and to enable it to determine the action to be taken,” he said.

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.

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