PM respects Tiong’s decision

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (The Star Pic)

PERIKATAN Nasional will accept the decision by Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing to reject a deputy minister’s post, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“It is his choice. The King has consented to the appointment. But if he thinks it is not suitable for him, we will accept that. We will find a replacement,” said the prime minister, at a press conference after chairing his first Cabinet meeting here Wednesday (March 11).

Tiong was absent from the swearing-in ceremony of ministers and deputy ministers at Istana Melawati here on Monday (March 9).

He was given the post of Deputy Minister of National Unity.

PDP secretary-general Datuk Nelson Balang Rining said the party’s supreme council had agreed that Tiong should reject the post, as it was not befitting of his stature as a party chief and a five-term MP.

Muhyiddin said he will be meeting Tiong to discuss the matter.

“He (Tiong) still wants to serve the country in a different capacity, so I will meet him tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss this,” said Muhyiddin. – The Star

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