Agong ends standoff with consent for Tommy Thomas as AG

Tommy Thomas, the new Attorney-General, is seen arriving at Ilham Tower in Kuala Lumpur, on May 31, 2018. – The Malaysian Insight pic, June 5, 2018.

AN impasse over the selection of the new attorney-general has broken with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consenting to the appointment of Tommy Thomas. 

The King has also consented to the termination of the services of Mohamed Apandi Ali.

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  • What nonsense of a statement. So what was the delay in doing his job and consenting to the governments pick for an AG? The whole process should have just been a formality not a drama and yet again this agong has managed to humiliate the monarchy in Malaysia and paint the institution as a hindrance rather than a benefit.

    Posted 3 years ago by Tom jones

  • It's best the Royals does their designated duties well in tanden of their returns from the Raykats money. At times they have to revisit their current roles in view of changing times and needs of the Rakyat. I feel some of them are still in their old's time things change and change for the better. This spat could have stopped some 3 weeks ago if folks concern knows what's expected of them....please lead and not told to be led!!!!

    Posted 3 years ago by Crishan Veera


    Posted 3 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • Whew! That was a close call indeed. Were we on the verge of a fresh constitutional crisis with this A-G issue? Dr. Mahathir might have been impelled to again relook the constitutional role of the King by this sorry episode (by purporting to threaten Parliamentary Democracy) to enhance democratic govt. During his 22 years as Premier he curbed the King's veto on being able to with-hold his consent on giving his approval to laws passed by both Houses of Parliament (the Dewan Rakyat & Dewan Negara) by introducing a new law that laws passed by Parliament will automatically become an effective part of the statute book after 3O days (if no Royal consent is forthcoming) - a huge victory for Parliamentary democracy and rule. The King (and Rulers) must not be a stumbling block when urgent action by the A-G is being needed in many, many areas (like recovering pilfered 1MDB money)..

    Posted 3 years ago by MELVILLE JAYATHISSA

  • In the first place why did such irrelevant impasse occurred. If the Royal is so caring and concern for the Rakyat , just wonder why the earlier forced resignation and replacement of AG did not warrant their attention where gleefully was accepted.

    Posted 3 years ago by Lee Lee

  • Honestly at that speed I worry about our commander in chief. If there are threats to our beloved land, will it take 2 weeks ... maybe after the fall of the nation before he breaks his royal silence. Anyway it over, let the fireworks begin.......

    Posted 3 years ago by Malaysian First

  • So happy our Agong finally agrees with the will of Malaysians to appoint Tommy without consideration to race or religion.

    Posted 3 years ago by Roger 5201

  • It is noteworthy that the Agong’s statement of consent was issued in the early hours today (June 5), hours after meeting Anwar in Kota Bahru, and ahead of an emergency Conference of Rulers’ meeting scheduled for today to resolve the AG appointment issue.

    Posted 3 years ago by Kim quek