“After giving due consideration and in the interest of the people, I have decided for the sake of protecting PKR to resign as the Penanti state representative effective today (16 April 2009).”
FORMER Penanti state assemblyperson Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, in a press statement announcing his resignation from the Penang state assembly. The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) member said this would “allow me the space to clear my name of the various allegations hurled against me.” (Source: Fairus quits as Penanti assemblyman to clear MACC rap, New Straits Times, 17 April 2009)
Fairus had previously resigned from the post of Penang deputy chief minister 1. These resignations came in the wake of allegations of corruption, and reports that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had begun the process of prosecution.
“They are just exco members; I’m not just an exco, but a deputy chief minister as well, and yet they (PKR) didn’t help me out, because I was framed by my own party members! …
“I’m innocent! They know what I can still do! Don’t force me!”
Fairus on 15 April 2009, in an exclusive interview with Nanyang Siang Pau, a day before his official statement of resignation. He was unhappy that PKR defended Selangor executive councillor and assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong and former Kedah executive councillor and assemblyperson V Arumugam, but not him. He threatened to reveal damaging secrets about PKR and the Penang state government if the party did not clear his name within two weeks. (Source: Mohammad Fairus quits Penanti seat, The Nut Graph, 16 April 2009)