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Report: Thomas says becoming AG showed him Malaysian politics ‘worse’ than he thought

He lauded former youth and minister Abdul Rahman for pushing ahead with lowering the voting age




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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 16 — Former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas said holding the highest legal office in the country had exposed him to the nature of Malaysian .

He made the remarks in a legal podcast that was reported by The Edge.

Thomas said he shunned political discussions with members of the Harapan administration at the time despite his personal interest in the subject and his Masters Degree in Relations.

was much more worse than I thought, politicians have their own code.

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“I am conscious of my role to advise the . I hardly talked about with them (Cabinet members) although I had known them previously,” he was quoted as saying in the podcast.

Thomas said he had gone into the role with an eye on reform, and that he would have tabled a to impose a term limit to the prime minister’s position in June were he still the AG.

He lauded former and sports minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman for pushing ahead with lowering the age, which was achieved via a constitutional amendment.

Thomas, who among the legal fraternity is known as a constitutional and commercial barrister, added he supported separating the role of government legal adviser from that of the public prosecutor but had not been involved in this .

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Aside from reforms, he said his other missions at the time were to deal with all 1Malaysia Development Berhad () matters and correct lopsided contracts from the Barisan Nasional era.

Thomas said he has been “lazy doing nothing” since resigning as the AG in February and was working on his third book.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2017 Malay Mail Online

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