Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan said the party called for an inquiry into the Tommy Thomas memoir.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno Supreme Council has urged the government to set up a royal commission of inquiry to investigate allegations contained in the controversial memoir of former attorney-general Tommy Thomas.

In its meeting today, the party leadership said the call for an inquiry was based on the numerous police reports lodged against the book “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness”.

Other decisions reached by the supreme council were:

Umno elections

To seek advice from the Registrar of Societies and National Security Council on ways to hold party elections amid the pandemic, in line with the party’s constitution and Covid-19 prevention rules.

The elections will involve all 3.3 million members in the party’s Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings, and 191 national divisions.

Reconvene Parliament, state assemblies

The party urged the government to allow Parliament and state assemblies to reconvene, to ensure check and balance of the government’s decisions.

It said there must be accountability on the nation’s finances, including expenditure using the people’s money, the increase in national debt, and withdrawals from the National Trust Fund.

Umno said foreign investors’ confidence in Malaysia would be affected if parliamentary democracy and good governance are not upheld.

The Tommy Thomas memoir contained a series of bombshell allegations concerning the judiciary and the backroom wheeling and dealing in politics, such as events behind the resignation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Among those who lodged police reports against the book was Ahmad Maslan, Umno’s secretary-general, who said last month that the book contained factual errors and elements of sedition that could provoke racial unrest.

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