Anwar: I met the Agong to help the Government explain AG appointment

(The Star) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim explained his role in meeting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V as merely helping the Government obtain royal consent for the appointment of the new Attorney-General.

The PKR de facto leader said he just an assistant to the Government
and had also explained the concerns of the Malay Rulers to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In an interview with Astro Awani on June 7, Anwar clarified his role, saying that his duty was to explain the Government’s stance on the Attorney-General’s appointment.

“There were wild accusations, which were baseless on the issue of the Agong delaying his consent, but the Agong was seeking an explanation and more information over the appointment,” he said during the televised interview.

According to Anwar, the Rulers were concerned about whether Tommy Thomas’s appointment will have any effect on Malay, Muslim and bumiputra rights.

Thus, it was never an issue of race, he explained.

“We explained the issue to the Agong, that our intention was to install a prosecution system that is transparent, and the Agong agreed with that,” he added.