Mahathir clashes with the royals over pick for A-G

Constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas has reportedly been picked by the PH government for the post of attorney-general, but this has not gone down well with the King, who has most state rulers’ backing.
Constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas has reportedly been picked by the PH government for the post of attorney-general, but this has not gone down well with the King, who has most state rulers’ backing. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (left) receiving the documents from King Muhammad V before taking the oath of office as the country’s new Prime Minister in Kuala Lumpur last month.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (left) receiving the documents from King Muhammad V before taking the oath of office as the country’s new Prime Minister in Kuala Lumpur last month. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Selection of non-Malay does not sit well with the rulers, even as Anwar moves closer to them

It has taken just weeks for Malaysia's new leader Mahathir Mohamad to clash with the country's influential royals, in an episode reminiscent of his first reign which lasted 22 years.

At issue is a deadlock over the choice of attorney-general (A-G) - a powerful post with discretionary powers of prosecution. As the tussle enters its second week, it is Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim who has established closer relations with the palaces.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir clashes with the royals over pick for A-G'. Print Edition | Subscribe