KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — The office of Attorney-General does not possess the same job security as available to judges, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said today.
The former AG, who was removed in July last year, said this lack of tenure meant that the prime minister was empowered to replace the officeholder as the latter “deems fit”.
“There was an intention in the past to have politicians to hold the office of AG, so the amendment (to Federal Constitution) was never made (to safeguard the tenure),” Gani said during the Malaysian Bar’s International Law Conference today.
He said this meant the AG is bound by the general orders of the civil service.
Gani also stressed that the securing a tenure of an appointment alone is not enough to increase institutional integrity.
“The moral fibre of the person that is being appointed is also appointed,” he said.
“If it is not the right person, regardless of tenure the job would not be done effectively,” he added.
Gani was removed as AG in July 2015 after 13 years in office.
He was replaced by Tan Sri Apandi Ali.