AG enjoys his job, takes criticism in stride


KUALA LUMPUR: Despite facing various criticisms for the past eight months he has been in office, Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said he enjoyed his job and would take criticisms as a challenge.

Mohamed Apandi said as long as his duties involved the law for which he had a passion, he would always take them as challenges.

He said this when asked by Bernama Chairman Azman Ujang to describe his tenure as the attorney-general for the past eight months during a question-and-answer session after Mohamed Apandi gave a luncheon talk titled “Media dan Undang-undang: Perspektif Negara” (“Media and the Law: National Perspective”) to editors and media practitioners at a hotel here.

Mohamed Apandi said the eight months that he had been in office were neither “terrible nor conducive”, but he regarded them as trying and challenging.

“My interest is always there. I am enjoying the job and I take the critics in stride.”

Mohamed Apandi was formerly a Federal Court judge before he was appointed attorney-general on July 27 last year, replacing Abdul Gani Patail, whose service was terminated due to health reasons.

On the establishment of a Media Council, he said the draft of the law on the matter had been completed, but he needed feedback from the stakeholders (media) as there was some resistance to it.

“The draft law has been completed but we still need your feedback because we notice there is some resistance from your side.

“So I want to open up and study what the resistance is. Maybe we can overcome the resistance.

“We are still in the drafting stage. I can still amend. We can accommodate whatever reservations you have.”