Bar proposes Ambiga as the next attorney-general

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar has proposed that its former president Ambiga Sreenevasan be considered for the post of Attorney-General (AG).

Its president George Varughese said Ambiga would be independent and free from political pressure, and also enjoy the confidence of the public and the legal fraternity.

Varughese said the AG was the principal legal adviser to the government and it was important for the prime minister to have someone who was competent.

“In appointing a new AG, factors such as race, religion and gender must not form any part of the selection process,” he said in response to FMT’s query whether the Bar has anyone in mind to be recommended to hold the post.

Yesterday, Varughese said the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government must appoint separate individuals to hold the posts of AG and Public Prosecutor (PP) to prevent a conflict of interest.

At present, the AG is both the principal legal adviser to the government and also the PP.

The PH’s election manifesto has pledged to separate the responsibility of the AG from that of the PP.

It further pledged that the AG will be appointed from qualified MPs and will be a minister, acting as legal adviser to the government.

The PP, meanwhile, will be an individual who is free from political interest, with autonomy in carrying out prosecution.

Current AG Mohamed Apandi Ali is under pressure to resign after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused him of concealing evidence linked to alleged 1MDB wrongdoings.

His three-year contract, which expires on July 27, was however extended by the Barisan Nasional government for another three years just before the general election.

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