Accepting the decision made by the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president with an open heart, Muhyiddin said he would present the new name to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
“It is his (Tiong) choice. the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has consented to the appointment. But if he thinks it is not suitable for whatever reason, we will accept that.
“Of course I will have to find a replacement whose appointment will be approved by the King,” he said in a news conference after chairing the first Cabinet meeting here.
Yesterday the media reported that Tiong was absent from the swearing-in ceremony of ministers and deputy ministers at Istana Melawati here.
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 status as a party chief and a five-term Member of Parliament.
Muhyiddin however said that he would meet Tiong tomorrow.
“He (Tiong) still wants to serve the country in a different capacity, so I will meet him tomorrow to discuss this,” he added.