He said he was still waiting for feedback from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as to who should be appointed to the position.
He said that although he had been vested with the power to appoint his deputy, in the spirit of comradeship, he had asked Anwar to nominate a candidate to fill the post.
Lim was speaking to reporters after attending the village security and development committees' swearing-in ceremony at the Penang Caring Society Complex here today.
It was reported that Batu Maung assemblyman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and Sungai Bakap assemblyman Maktar Shapee were among the top candidates for the post.
The seat fell vacant when PKR’s Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who is also Penanti state assemblyman, resigned on April 8.