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Ex-AG Thomas to be investigated for sedition over claims in book

He will be investigated under the Penal Code, the Sedition Act, the Official Secrets Act, and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, among others.

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Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas. Photo: AFP
Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas. Photo: AFP

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has ordered law enforcement agencies to carry out further investigations into possible misconduct by Tommy Thomas in relation to allegations made by the former attorney-general in his memoir.

He said the investigations would be conducted, among others, under Section 124(I) of the Penal Code for spreading false reports; Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948; Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972; and Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

Ismail said the special task force to investigate the allegations contained in Thomas' book "My Story: Justice in the Wilderness" had presented a report at the Cabinet meeting today, submitting several recommendations for the government's consideration.

"The report was prepared by this team over a period of nine months, from December 2021 until August 2022, detailing each of the allegations mentioned by Tommy Thomas in his book," he said in a statement today.

Based on the investigation, he said the team had categorised 19 important issues in the book into four main categories, namely allegations against the judiciary, the disclosure of government information and secrets, illegal actions, abuse of power and professional negligence as well as seditious statements.