Hadi, Tiong, Riot to continue as special envoys

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PAS chief Abdul Hadi Awang will continue his role as the prime minister’s special envoy to the Middle East, the Prime Minister’s Office said today.

Similarly, the new administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has also decided to continue the tenure of Progressive Democratic Party president Tiong King Sing and Sarawak United People’s Party deputy president Richard Riot as the prime minister’s special envoys to China and East Asia, respectively.

“The first cabinet meeting, which took place yesterday, agreed to continue with the appointments of Abdul Hadi Awang as the prime minister’s special envoy to the Middle East, Tiong King Sing as the prime minister’s special envoy to China and Richard Riot as the prime minister’s special envoy to East Asia,” a spokesman for the PMO said.

All three were previously appointed under then-prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and were deemed to have resigned when he stepped down last month.

The special envoys enjoy the same rank as federal ministers and their inclusion would technically increase the size of the current Cabinet to 35 members.

Hadi and Tiong are the presidents of PAS and PDP, respectively, while Riot is the deputy president of SUPP.