Police raid Tommy Thomas’ publisher, seize computers

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Police today raided publishing house GB Gerakbudaya Enterprise, believed to be in connection to the case of the controversial memoir, My Story: Justice in the Wilderness.

Gerakbudaya owner Chong Ton Sin said two policemen went to his office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor this morning and took away two computers.

“The police confiscated two personal computers used by my staff to correspond with Tommy Thomas on his book,” he was quoted as saying.

Chong, who published the former attorney-general Tommy Thomas’ autobiography, said the raid was linked to the book which has sparked widespread controversy resulting in more than 134 police reports.

Chong had been questioned twice by the cops.

He previously said that a second print run of 5,000 copies was already sold out, 2,000 of them bought by the author. Gerakbudaya is now preparing for a third print run.

Chong added that this was the third such raid at his office over the book.

The book has ruffled not a few feathers, including two former prime ministers Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Najib Razak, and former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, all of whom have issued statements disputing Thomas’ version of events.

Police have said they have opened three investigations into the book, which is alleged to have defamed and insulted various parties.

Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed said police were probing the case for defamation and the leaking of state secrets.

The third investigation was into sedition, Huzir said.

He said the Classified Criminal Investigation Unit was thoroughly investigating the case before calling the involved parties, including Thomas, for their statements.

On February 7, Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed revealed that the police have received 134 police reports on Thomas’ book.