Dr M defends AG Thomas, unaware of alleged resignation

PM says the case against Lim is an example of selective prosecution taken by the previous BN govt

By P PREM KUMAR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

PRIME Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has defended Attorney General (AG) Tommy Thomas over the withdrawal of the alleged corruption case involving Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, as it was only reversal of politically motivated claims created by the previous government.

The case against Lim was an example of selective prosecution taken by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government, Dr Mahathir told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He was responding to media speculations that Thomas had resigned as AG, taking responsibility for the withdrawal of Lim’s case.

This came after an online portal, quoted an anonymous civil servant who said the AG had tendered his resignation. The AG’s Chambers has since denied the report.

Dr Mahathir claimed that he was unaware of the report, while defending Thomas amid mounting criticisms on the latter.

The PM claimed that many others in a similar situation were never penalised.

“There have been criticisms, but as you know, the previous government victimised all in the Opposition.

“There are many people who have done what Guan Eng had done, but they are not selected. They selected Lim Guan Eng for a special purpose, to get rid of him,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also insisted that Lim’s case cannot be compared to the abuse of power case involving former Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo.

Khir was charged with abuse of power after buying two plots of land and a bungalow below market price, when he held public office.