No ministerial status for special envoy

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018


CHERAS MP Tan Kok Wai will not enjoy ministerial status as special envoy to China, the House was told.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the national DAP chairman would not be entitled to privileges accorded to a minister.

“The appointment of the special envoy by the Prime Minister is on a contract (basis), maybe for two years and is not at the same level of a minister,” Liew said in reply to Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam).

Dr Wee wanted to know the rationale behind Tan’s appointment as Pakatan Harapan had previously criticised Barisan Nasional for such appointments, citing was­tage and redundancy.

Tan, whose appointment was effective Aug 1, said he aimed to further improve bilateral relations with China by capitalising on the strong historical ties between both countries.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

News , bureaus


Next In Nation

KL cops uncover fraud syndicate with arrest of seven
Malaysia ready to cooperate with Afghanistan, but stands firm on women's right to education, says PM
Ramadan message of modesty, humanity should be widely spread, says PM
No action needed under Sedition Act against Dr Mahathir, says Saifuddin
Health Ministry to continue Ops Ramadan to monitor food hygiene, says DG
Close shave for five after trees fall on two cars in storm
King, Queen extend Ramadan greetings to Muslims
Take decisive action in dealing with Islamophobia, Anwar urges OIC
Selangor cops deny soliciting sponsorship for Police Day
Khairul Dzaimee transferred to PM’s Dept