Datuk Penguang Manggil

KUCHING: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing is set to meet Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin over his appointment to the federal Cabinet.

PDP vice-president Datuk Penguang Manggil said Tiong is scheduled to meet the premier today.

He was responding to PDP’s decision to reject the Deputy National Unity Minister post in the federal Cabinet which was offered to its party president.

“He is meeting with the prime minister today, until then I can’t issue any comments (on the matter),” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday when contacted.

PDP secretary general Datuk Nelson Balang Rining on Tuesday said the decision was made by the party’s supreme council, adding that Tiong is a senior parliamentarian and better suited to assume a full minister post.

PDP is a component party of state coalition Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which gave its support to Muhyiddin to become prime minister to end the recent political imbroglio.

GPS is represented in the Cabinet line-up by Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who is also one of four senior ministers; Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi; Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

GPS MPs appointed as deputy ministers are Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Department), Hasbi Habibollah (Transport), Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (Health) and Datuk Henry Sum Agong (Rural Development).