KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Prominent Malaysian lawyer Tommy Thomas said he was humbled by the "awesome responsibility" of being named the country's new Attorney-General.
Speaking to reporters outside his law firm in Bangsar on Tuesday (June 5), Mr Thomas confirmed that he met Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad earlier on Tuesday and would be meeting him on Wednesday (June 6) as well.
He added that he would not give any further comments on his appointment until he receives his letter of appointment and has taken his oath of office, which would take a few days.
Malaysia's King, Sultan Muhammad V, early on Tuesday consented to the appointment of Mr Thomas as the new Attorney-General, replacing Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, after a delay of some two weeks.
In a statement, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz said the King, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has given the approval to the appointment of Mr Thomas according to Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution.
Mr Thomas, when told of Mr Apandi's congratulatory wishes, said it was "jolly decent of him".
The incoming Attorney-General is founder and partner of litigation firm Tommy Thomas.
When told that Mr Thomas had represented Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Tun Dr Mahathir said the lawyer had also represented Barisan Nasional leaders on other occasions.