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[Video] New AG Tommy Thomas Speech In Malay Language Goes Viral

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Just a week ago, newly-appointed Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas was forced to abandon a press conference after a commotion erupted over calls for him to address the crowd in the national language nearly turned ugly.

The incidence happened after former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was charged in court on 4 July and the AG was asked by the media to give an update on the proceedings.

The controversy surrounding the incident has been the focus of much debate on social media over his suitability as AG if he cannot converse in our national language.

The crowd gathered to hear Tommy Thomas at last week's press conference starting shouting 'Hidup Melayu' when the AG spoke in English, triggering a chain reaction leading to the police intervening to prevent untoward violence. Pic: NSTThe crowd gathered to hear Tommy Thomas at last week's press conference starting shouting 'Hidup Melayu' when the AG spoke in English, triggering a chain reaction leading to the police intervening to prevent untoward violence. Pic: NST

Yesterday, Tommy Thomas seized the criticism and jibes head on and addressed a gathering in Putrajaya in the Malay language.

A video showing the AG delivering his welcome speech for an Aidilfitri gathering entirely in Bahasa Melayu has been making the rounds on social media yesterday.

The four-minute recording showing Thomas giving his all at reading a prepared speech in the Malay language to the public audience was posted by Shamsul Sulaiman on his Facebook page with the caption "Applause, Applause".

His earnest demeanour and upfront enthusiasm in delivering the speech did not go unnoticed as cheers and clapping could be heard from the audience.

According to NST, the audience present are staff of  the Attorney General Chambers and the Judicial and Legal Service Officers Association of Malaysia (Jalsoa) members who had gathered for the Hari Raya function.

- mD