Malaysia, we now have a new Attorney-General. So, it’s time we get to know the man who’ll handle all matters of justice in this country.
#1 Graduate from University of Manchester and London School of Economics
A native of Kuala Lumpur, Tommy Thomas was born in 1952 and attended Pasar Road English School and Victoria Institution.
He read law at University of Manchester, graduating in 1973. He then became a barrister (Middle Temple) the following year. He also did his Master’s degree at the London School of Economics, in International Relations in 1975. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1976.
#2 Owns a law firm—Tommy Thomas Advocates & Solicitors
He started his career at Skrine & Co, becoming a partner in 1982. In 2000, he established his own firm, along with his partners Alan Gomez and Ganesan Nethi.
#3 Was a senior consultant at the United Nations Development Plan (UNDP) in 2000
In the wake of the financial and economic crisis that engulfed Malaysia and other Asian countries in 1997, the United Nations Development Plan (UNDP) appointed him as Senior Consultant to aid the countries affected by the crisis.
He’s also a life member of the Malaysian Economic Association and the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.
#4 He’s a well known legal book author
In Anything But The Law, Tommy Thomas covers past general elections, Malaysian icons, the Arab Spring… quite figuratively anything but the law.
In Abuse of Power, he focuses on the law and the Constitution. Both books collect essays he had written over 34 years.
#5 One of the best constitutional law advocates in Malaysia
Committed, charismatic and outspoken, he’s one of the nation’s foremost lawyer and thinker. With his dissertations, writings, talks on law, nation building and globalisation, and overall knowledge on the state of affairs of the country, it’s no wonder he’s recognised as one of the top lawyers in Malaysia.
#6 He’s representing flight MH370 and MH17’s next of kin
Currently, he’s representing the next of kin of MH370 and MH17 passengers. He argued that the documents, among others, were critical evidence relating to the background and sequence of events for the incident and subsequent search operations, ordering Malaysia Airlines to hand over documents on MH370 to passengers’ next of kin.
A pretty impressive résumé, right? We wish the new AG God speed in all his undertakings! For a better Malaysia. ❤