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Defending Fairus

“Fairus was upset. I won’t blame him because they (detractors) are (PKR) insiders who breached the party disciplinary code in not using proper internal channels to air their grievances.”

PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He described Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin as a “gentleman” for gracefully relinquishing his positions as Penanti state assemblyperson and Penang deputy chief minister I.

Anwar also said PKR was proud of a young leader like Fairus for being principled in clearing his name and protecting the party’s image. The opposition leader added that Fairus was principled in resisting offers to defect to another party. (Source: Anwar: Fairus stays despite tempting offers, Malaysiakini, 18 April 2009)

Fairus had expressed unhappiness that PKR defended Selangor executive councillor and assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong, as well as former Kedah executive councillor and assemblyperson V Arumugam, but not him.

“Wong has a right to do what she wants in the privacy of her home and her privacy was violated … It is difficult to defend [Fairus].”

PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali, who said Fairus could not compare his situation with that of Wong’s or Arumugam’s, as he had weaknesses in terms of his duties to the people and furthermore, he was being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). (Source: Syed Husin criticises Fairus over comments, New Straits Times, 20 April 2009)

Fairus had previously threatened to reveal damaging secrets involving PKR and the Penang state government if the party did not clear his name within two weeks. Fairus’s resignations follow in the wake of allegations of corruption, and reports that the MACC has begun the process of charging him.

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