Enough watching PHollywood PHornographic movies and forget about Four Points Sheraton Hotel for now. PH leaders and supporters are mostly a sick and brainless bunch of people so let those two, three or four camps fight among themselves.
Don’t be too distracted by Pakatan Harapan’s internal war that we forget about other wrongdoings by PH. While it is entertaining to watch (I mean the mud slinging, not their porno videos), put away your popcorn for a while and redirect your focus back to serious business.
AG Tommy Thomas had given four reasons for revoking Syazlin’s appointment as the lawyer representing Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT), Bomba and Allahyarham Adib’s family.
Syazlin Mansor had been instructed to not speak to the press but finally spoke out against Tommy Thomas, the worst Attorney-General in the history of Malaysia. Syazlin held a press conference on Tuesday 11th June 2019 and we are now certain that AG Tommy Thomas has been trying to mislead the public and the coroner’s court.
To sum it up, Sazlyn’s statements confirm our suspicions about AG Tommy Thomas being up to no good. If you haven’t already, please read my previous blog post (1/6/2019) Let’s twist AGain Tommy for background and factual arguments that lead us to believe that Adib’s death was due to having been beaten. Adib was not hit by a fire truck as AG Tommy Thomas would like us to believe: .
AG Tommy Thomas interfered in and obstructed justice. He has been proven to be biased and prejudiced in taking the position that Adib was not assaulted and tried to pervert the course of justice.
As I said before, Tommy also incriminated himself by:
(i) prematurely filing an affidavit claiming that Adib was not assaulted and
(ii) unwittingly stating that AGC’s prosecutors had already taken a position (that Adib was not assaulted) despite the inquest being ongoing.
The above and the forced removal of Syazlin from continuing to act for KPKT and Bomba clearly reflects AG Tommy’s interference in obstructing justice for Adib. Tommy Thomas is not fit to be AG.
We will recall the four flimsy reasons given by AG Tommy to justify the removal of Syazlin as the lawyer representing KPKT and Bomba:
“Firstly, the housing ministry and fire department, like other government department and ministries are required to seek legal advice from this Chambers (AGC), with external counsel being appointed by the Attorney General/ Public Prosecutor.”
“Secondly, Pn Syazlin was in a conflict of interest position when she agreed to act for the housing ministry and the fire department as she was also acting for the deceased family, who have a direct interest in the inquest. The interest of these parties may conflict, and it is unacceptable for her to act for all three parties.”
“Thirdly, my officers, who are performing their additional role as counsel assisting the coroner, have informed me that Pn Syazlin takes an active part in the inquest, often contradicting the positions our DPP’s have taken, thus causing embarrassment in her capacity as the ministry’s lawyer,“
“Fourthly, Pn Syazlin’s husband is employed as press secretary to the housing minister. It is for these reasons that I requested the housing minister to immediately revoke her appointment from further representing the ministry and fire department“
— AG Tommy Thomas
Source: Malay Mail 27/5/2019 – Minister: Lawyer quit Adib inquest after instructed to withdraw
Syazlin rebutted all of the above. We’ll go through each one:
(1) Did Syazlin’s appointment require AGC’s written approval? No.
“Firstly, the housing ministry and fire department, like other government department and ministries are required to seek legal advice from this Chambers (AGC), with external counsel being appointed by the Attorney General/ Public Prosecutor.” – AG Tommy Thomas
Tommy Thomas was ignorant of procedures. Sazlyn’s appointment did not require AGC’s written approval.
Menyentuh dakwaan tiada fiat atau kelulusan bertulis Peguam Negara, Syazlin memetik Seksyen 379 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah yang menyatakan bahawa kebenaran sedemikian hanya diperlukan jika beliau mengendalikan prosiding inkues selaku Timbalan Pendakwa Raya.
Source: BH Online 12/6/2019 – Syazlin terus wakili keluarga arwah Adib
Tetapi Syazlin bukan timbalan pendakwa raya dan juga tidak dilantik sebagai pegawai pengendali prosiding inkues.
“Saya adalah peguam yang dilantik mewakili pihak-pihak berkepentingan, justeru betullah tindakan Menteri (Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Zuraida Kamaruddin) dalam melantik saya sebagai peguam mewakili Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) serta JBPM.” – Syazlin Mansor
Source: BH Online 12/6/2019 – Syazlin terus wakili keluarga arwah Adib
Tommy Thomas erred due to sheer ignorance and incompetence or he simply lied.
It’s also not the first time that Tommy displayed his ignorance in procedures, as evident in the SRC trial.
Had Syazlin not been appointed as the lawyer representing KPKT, Bomba and Adib’s family, Tommy Thomas would have gotten away with suppressing the truth.
“Sekiranya KPKGT dan Bomba diwakili oleh timbalan pendakwaraya dari awal lagi, sudah tentu Professor Dr Shahrom tidak akan dipanggil sebagai saksi inkues dan beberapa bukti keterangan material yang membantu inkues ini tidak akan timbul.” – Syazlin
Thank you Syazlin, otherwise we would only have been fed Dr Ahmad Hafizam’s bullshit theory (refer to my previous post), which the AG Tommy used as an excuse to file the misleading affidavit before the conclusion of the inquest.
In this respect, we must also commend the minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin, for appointing Syazlin (although we weren’t pleased when she followed AGC’s orders to revoke her appointment). I am sure Zuraida also wanted justice for Adib but she may not dare go against Tommy’s instructions.
(2) Was Syazlin in a conflict of interest position? No.
The next flimsy excuse by AG Tommy for Syazlin’s removal was that she was in a conflict of interest position.
“Secondly, Pn Syazlin was in a conflict of interest position when she agreed to act for the housing ministry and the fire department as she was also acting for the deceased family, who have a direct interest in the inquest. The interest of these parties may conflict, and it is unacceptable for her to act for all three parties.” – AG Tommy Thomas
Tommy Thomas was confused. There was no conflict of interest because the family was not taking any legal action against KPKT or Bomba. Tommy was treating the inquest like a trial or a legal battle instead of an inquest to discover the truth. Instead of wanting to discover the truth, Tommy’s objective was to convince everyone that Adib was not assaulted. Syazlin was not going to be fooled nor bullied by Tommy.
“Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa tidak terdapatnya konflik kepentingan kerana tidak pernah timbulnya isu untuk keluarga menyaman KPKT dan Bomba. Ini adalah kerana teori arwah dilanggar oleh Bomba merupakan teori yang tidak berasas yang mana teori tersebut dibuat oleh pihak yang tidak terlibat dengan prosiding inkues ini. Ini juga bukan merupakan teori yang dibuat oleh pakar HKL (Prof Dr Shahrom). Oleh itu tiada asas untuk keluarga mempercayai bahawa arwah dilanggar oleh Bomba.”
“Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa keluarga arwah dan Bomba berkongsi pendapat yang sama dan menolak teori yang dibuat oleh pakar HKL. Keluarga arwah dan Bomba tidak pada bila-bila masa berada dalam keadaan kepentingan yang bertentangan.”
– Syazlin Mansor
If anyone was in a conflict of interest position, it would be the AG himself because he would be trying to protect his reputation and credibility among the Indian community. As I mentioned in my previous post:
What motive would Tommy Thomas have? Read: Tommy Thomas conflicted: He mediated on behalf of Seafield Hindu Temple!
RPK was very blunt in suggesting there was going to be a cover up: https://www.malaysia-today.net/2018/12/20/police-dispute-fireman-adibs-autopsy-report/
(3) Did Syazlin’s take a position contradicting the DPP’s? Yes, but so what?
“Thirdly, my officers, who are performing their additional role as counsel assisting the coroner, have informed me that Pn Syazlin takes an active part in the inquest, often contradicting the positions our DPP’s have taken, thus causing embarrassment in her capacity as the ministry’s lawyer” – AG Tommy Thomas
As I said in my earlier post, even if Syazlin had taken a position (that Adib was beaten/assaulted), it should not matter because she is merely presenting one theory based on evidence and facts. It is then up to the AG to assess and present all probable theories (similar or opposing) to the coroner for a conclusion. Unlike Syazlin, the AG and DPP must be impartial.
“Mengapakah timbalan pendakwaraya yang merupakan pegawai pengendali inkues telah mengambil kedudukan? Bukankah pegawai pengendali inkues sepatutnya bersifat neutral, tidak mengambil sebarang pendudukan? Timbalan pendakwaraya juga di dalam prosiding inkues digelar sebagai pegawai pengendali inkues dan bukan sebagai timbalan pendakwaraya.
Ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa sepatutnya tugas mereka adalah untuk mengendalikan sahaja inkues.
Saya selaku peguam pihak-pihak berkepentingan pula boleh mengambil kedudukan atau pendirian mengikut arahan anak-anak guam saya yang mana anak-anak guam saya mempunyai kepentingan langsung dalam prosiding inkues ini.”
– Syazlin Mansor
To stress again, it is a non issue for Syazlin to take the position that Adib was assaulted whereas AG Tommy and the DPP’s being the pengendali inkues had breached ethics and procedure by prematurely taking a position that Adib had not been beaten or assaulted, and even more so despite strong evidence to the contrary. AG Tommy’s premature conclusion/affidavit was baseless, dishonest and a betrayal to KPKT, Bomba, Adib’s family and the public.
AG’s team had also already known early on that Syazlin would be taking the position that Adib was beaten by the rioters. She made it clear that she disputed the baseless theory that Adib was not beaten.
“Tambahan lagi, sewaktu di peringkat pengurusan kes lagi sebelum inkues bermula, pegawai pengendali telah bertanya pada saya apakah kedudukan KPKT, Jabatan Bomba dan keluarga arwah yang akan diambil di dalam prosiding inkues ini?
Saya dengan jelasnya menyatakan bahawa pihak2 berkepentingan ini tidak setuju sama sekali dengan teori pakar HKL (Dr Hafizam) dan percaya terdapatnya unsur jenayah yang menyebabkan kematian arwah. Perkara ini juga boleh disahkan oleh pasukan peguam yang turut mewakili keluarga arwah.
Oleh itu saya terkejut kenapa Peguam Negara seoalah-olah tidak tahu kedudukan yang diambil oleh pihak-pihak berkepentingan ini. Pihak-pihak di dalam sebuah inkues berhak mengemukakan sebarang bukti dan keterangan yang mana dapat membantu mahkamah dalam menentukan sebab kematian arwah sepertimana yang dinyatakan di dalam seksyen 328 dan 337 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah.”
– Syazlin Mansor
It was only after Prof Dr Shahrom’s testimony and theory was heard (that Adib was beaten, which was the truth) that the AG ordered the minister (Zuraida) to revoke Syazlin’s appointment. Remember that Tommy had filed the misleading affidavit earlier (that Adib was not beaten) based only on Dr Ahmad Hafizam’s bullshit theory — he did not bother to wait for the more experienced Prof Dr Shahrom’s analysis and testimony.
If the justice system allows for it, Bomba (or the driver of the fire truck) should sue Tommy Thomas for wrongful accusation i.e. that Adib was crushed by a fire truck.
(4) Syazlin represented KPKT, Bomba and Adib’s family pro bono but AG Tommy tries to discredit her appointment by connecting her husband to Zuraida.
Syazlin provided her services free of charge. It is irrelevant that her husband was the minister’s (Zuraida) press secretary. There would be no financial gain for either of them. AG Tommy dragging Syazlin’s husband into the matter was a malicious attempt to discredit Syazlin’s valuable contribution to the inquest.
“Ianya jelas daripada awal lagi saya mewakili pihak-pihak berkepentingan secara pro bono. Pegawai pengendali inkues juga daripada awal tahu berkenaan hal ini.
Apakah yang cuba disampaikan oleh Peguam Negara apabila beliau mengaitkan jawatan yang dipegang oleh suami saya?
Saya percaya ini adalah suatu tindakan yang berniat jahat terhadap saya dan suami saya dan cubaan untuk memburukkan nama baik kami. Adakah salah bagi saya seorang peguam ingin membantu keluarga arwah dan Bomba secara pro bono.
Ingin juga saya tekankan bahawa saya merupakan seorang peguam jenayah dan firma guaman saya hanya mengambil kes-kes jenayah sahaja. Saya amat terkilan apabila Peguam Negara mengheret suami saya di dalam isu ini.”
– Syazlin Mansor
Unlike AG Tommy, Syazlin was seeking the truth and justice for Adib.
Former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad schooled AG Tommy on his mistakes and tries to knock sense into him
Kita hanya meminta beliau supaya:
1. Memahami peranan Pendakwa Raya dalam inkues itu;
2. Jangan menyebelahi mana-mana pihak;
3. Kemukakan keterangan yang ada padanya;
4. Jangan cuba menghalang keterangan yang bercanggah dengannya;
5. Berilah kebenaran kepada Kementerian untuk melantik Syazlin atau mana-mana peguam lain untuk mewakili Kementerian, Jabatan Bomba, dan keluarga Adib;
6. Dalam inkues, jangan mengambil pendirian menerima sesuatu keterangan dan menolak yang lainnya dan menghendaki Kementerian dan Jabatan Bomba mengambil pendirian yang sama.
7. Jangan singkirkan Adib; dan
8. Biarlah Koroner memperoleh semua keterangan yang berkenaan untuk membolehkannya membuat keputusan yang betul dan adil
Source: NTHQBORD 13/6/20o19 – Inkues Adib: Tun Hamid dedah kesilapan Tommy Thomas
Also see article by The Mole: Ex-CJ needles AG over possible bias in Adib inquest
AG Tommy should learn from Imam Shafie (ra), who said:
“Never do I argue with a man with a desire to hear him say what is wrong, or to expose him and win victory over him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently pray – O Lord, help him so that truth may flow from his heart and on his tongue, and so that if truth is on my side, he may follow me; and if truth be on his side, I may follow him.”
But we all know Tommy Thomas. His speech and actions reflect those of someone with a sinister agenda. This is not the first time that his credibility, professionalism, honesty and character have come into question. Tommy Thomas should resign as AG or be removed so that true justice may prevail.
Alhamdulillah Syazlin has decided to continue to represent Adib’s family — we thank her for that — but #TommyMustGo.
– AA –