Tony Pua says it is his decision to serve without pay

PETALING JAYA: Damansara MP Tony Pua has said the reason he was not chosen as a cabinet member was that he preferred to remain as Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng's special officer, a position that comes without any pay.

"It is a choice and I think it is the right choice because the Ministry of Finance is really huge. There is no one person who can run the show," Pua said, adding that he was not neglected by the party nor that the party doesn't want him.

Pua and Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming had been appointed as Lim's special officers beginning May 22, both without pay. Ong has since been appointed deputy minister of trade and industry.