PETALING JAYA: Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin stands by his resignation as Penanti assemblyman despite being cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission of any wrongdoing.
“I repeat strongly my intention to resign as Penanti assemblyman and I want to express my full support towards Parti Keadilan Rakyat under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“The MACC’s announcement that has freed me from all accusations is the manifestation of the truth that I have been defending all this while,” he said in a statement Friday.
The former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I also said that he had instructed his lawyers to take legal action against those who had allegedly defamed him, including politicians.
He was responding to speculation that he might wish to retract his resignation after the MACC had cleared him of wrongdoing related to certain illegal quarry operations in Penang.
Penang assembly speaker Abdul Halim Hussin had earlier said that Mohammad Fairus could not retract his resignation because in his resignation letter, Fairus had also included a statutory declaration letter stating he wanted to quit to continue his studies.
"When a statutory declaration is made, it is clear that he has already resigned.
"Furthermore, we have also submitted a letter to the Election Commission informing them that the seat is vacant," said Abdul Halim.
"From the view of the law, once he has done that, he is unable to retract his resignation," he added.
When contacted, Fairus, who had reportedly expressed interest in returning as an assemblyman after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission cleared him of graft charges on Thursday, said he would "leave the decision to the leaders".
He said it was up to PKR to decide whether he was able to retract his resignation letter.
Fairus resigned from all posts on April 8, following allegations of involvement in illegal quarry dealings in Penang.
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