Look into the mirror yourself, Anwar tells Tommy Thomas

(FMT) – Anwar Ibrahim has urged former attorney-general Tommy Thomas to also take a look in the mirror himself, for having made “many unwise” decisions while in office and for racial undertones in his memoirs.

Anwar, who is PKR president and Pakatan Harapan chairman, said Thomas had insulted the civil service, including the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Thomas had also maligned Malaysia’s second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, in his memoirs without providing any evidence to back up his claim, Anwar said.

Thomas had also commented on an ongoing murder case while he was attorney-general and public prosecutor, Anwar said.

Thomas served as attorney-general during Pakatan Harapan’s 22 months in power from 2018 to March 2020.

Anwar’s comments came in response to remarks by Thomas in an interview with China Press earlier this week, in which Thomas said that there should be a degree of self-reflection by Anwar.

“He has to look in the mirror and ask the question, ‘Why is this always passing me by?’,” Thomas was quoted as saying, in a reference to Anwar’s pursuit of power as prime minister.

On his failure to become prime minister, Anwar wondered if it was linked to his stand of not compromising over matters of corruption and interference with the judiciary.

Anwar said he would have been appointed to the post if he had put up with such matters, but had refused to do so.

“Is that a failure or a principled stance?” Anwar said.

On a separate matter, Anwar said he would not issue any official statement on issues relating to the party’s recently concluded elections. He would do so only after the official announcement from the PKR election committee.

“I have been advised against issuing any statements,” he said.

The PKR elections were marred by allegations of technical glitches that disrupted polling in eight divisions as well as allegations of phantom voters. There were also questions about a discrepancy in the number of votes tallied.

The party has since postponed its congress to mid-July to allow for a forensic audit of the results. We