KUALA LUMPUR (June 5): The Malaysian Bar said today that it will give its fullest support and cooperation to Tommy Thomas in his new role as the attorney-general (AG), replacing Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.
"The Malaysian Bar looks forward to working with Tommy in his new role as the AG of Malaysia, and also continuing to engage with the AG’s Chambers," its president George Varughese said in a statement today.
He noted that Tommy is the first practising lawyer to be appointed directly from the Malaysian Bar to be the AG.
"The Malaysian Bar is confident that, as the AG, Tommy will remain true to the principles and essence of the Malaysian Bar, and continue to uphold the rule of law and the cause of justice without fear or favour. His appointment bodes well for the government’s agenda of holistic institutional reforms," Varughese added.
After being admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Tommy Thomas began his career at Messrs Skrine & Co, and became a partner in 1982. In 2000, he established his own law firm, engaging exclusively in litigation matters.
Tommy served in the Bar Council from 1984 to 1988, and from 1993 to 2001. He was elected as the secretary of the Malaysian Bar from 1995 to 1997. He was a member of the Bar (Disciplinary Proceedings) Review Committee under the chairmanship of Tun Hussein Onn, and wrote its report in 1986.
In a career spanning 42 years, Tommy Thomas has appeared as counsel in landmark cases in various branches of the law, in all the courts of Malaysia, from the Magistrates' Court to the Privy Council in London, which was Malaysia’s highest court until 1985. He has had more than 120 reported cases and countless unreported cases.