PENANG, 24 March 2009: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today stressed that the state government’s administration was still stable even without former Deputy Chief Minister I, Mohamad Fairus Khairuddin, who quit effective 8 April.
He said the state administration helmed by him was functioning as usual and that the portfolio of Deputy Chief Minister I would be placed under the Chief Minister’s Department temporarily.
Lim said this when asked to comment on a statement by International Trade and Industry Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also an Umno vice-president, that Mohamad Fairus’ resignation indicated that the state government was unwise and incapable of administrating the state.
Lim was speaking to reporters after opening the Meeting of Minds: Progressive Business Strategies Forum here today.
Mohamad Fairus quit as Deputy Chief Minister I and as state executive councillor but remains as Penanti state assemblyperson.
Asked about Mohamad Fairus’s replacement, Lim said the matter would be decided by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“He will propose and I will consider,” he said.
Lim declined to comment on rumours that the state Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs and Religious Affairs Committee chairperson Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim would fill the vacant post. — Bernama