Fairus sticks to his decision to quit

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  • Saturday, 25 Apr 2009

PETALING JAYA: Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin will stick to his decision to resign 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 express my full support for the PKR leadership headed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” he said in a statement yesterday.

There had been earlier speculation that Fairus would withdraw his resignation following MACC’s statement on Thursday that he had been cleared of corruption charges.

Fairus said the MACC’s announcement which freed him from all accusations was the manifestation of the truth that he had been defending all this while.

He added that his success in defending his truth “has given new strength to me, my family and all lovers of truth and justice.”

The former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I also said he had instructed his lawyer to take legal action against those who had shamed and defamed him, including certain politicians and the media.

Fairus, 33, resigned on April 8 as Deputy Chief Minister I following allegations that he was involved in illegal quarry dealings in Penang.

He resigned as Penanti assemblyman on April 16, citing that it was in the best interest of the party. Fairus added that he wanted to further his studies and clear his name against the allegations.

MACC had said it found no grounds to prosecute Mohammad Fairuz over alleged corrupt links with quarry operators.

The probe was in response to allegations made by national PKR Youth executive council member Amizudin Ahmat at a Seberang Prai Municipal council meeting in late February.

Penang Assembly Speaker Abdul Halim Hussin meanwhile said Fairus would no longer be able to retract his resignation letter.

This was because with his resignation letter, Fairus included a statutory declaration which stated that he wanted to quit to continue his studies, Abdul Halim said.

“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,” he added.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he would wait until the Election Commission made a decision on Monday before making further comments on Fairus.

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