PM: New AG candidate still being discussed

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The government is still mulling over who will be the next Attorney-General (AG) to replace Tan Sri Idrus Harun, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar today.


Asked if there were new AG candidates identified to take over, Anwar briefly said, “We are still discussing that.”

Anwar said this in a press conference after chairing the cabinet meeting.

Also present were deputy prime ministers Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof as well as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak and Special Functions) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali.

Idrus was appointed as the new AG on March 6, 2020, for a two-year period and was reappointed for another year.

He replaced Tan Sri Tommy Thomas who stepped down after a 21-month stint.

Media reports have speculated that three judges were being considered to replace Idrus.

The three are Ahmad Fairuz Zainol Abidin, Kamaludin Md Said and Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh.

Ahmad Fairuz and Kamaludin had previously served in the Attorney-General’s Chambers before being appointed as judges.

Additionally, Ahmad Fairuz was also a former deputy chief executive of the Securities Commission.