PKR’s Fairus resigns as Penanti State Assemblyman to pave the way for by-election


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PKR: Fairus quits Penanti seat
April 16, 2009

Former Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin today has resigned as the state representative for Penanti. According to the embattled politician who is under probe for corruption, he is quitting in the interest of his party, PKR.

“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,” he said in a statement. He added that he was planning to pursue his education and wanted to spend more time with his family.

“The resignation will also allow me the space to clear my name from the various allegations hurled against me,” he said. He also expressed his gratitude to the Penanti constituents for their support.

No confirmation yet from Fairus

The press statement was issued by PKR’s information bureau, but there is no confirmation from Mohammad Fairus himself as he could not be contacted. However, Penang legislative assembly speaker Abdul Halim Hussain confirmed receiving Mohammad Fairus’ resignation letter.

In a hastily arranged press conference at his office this afternoon, Abdul Halim said that he received the resignation letter earlier today. He said that all necessary arrangements were being made for a by-election.

As recent as late yesterday, Mohammad Fairus told Nanyang Siang Pau that he was exploring a number of options including switching parties or becoming an independent in addition to resigning. He claimed that the corruption allegations were made by his party colleagues who were out to kill his political career and was bitter that top party leaders are not standing by him.

In the interview with the Chinese daily, he gave PKR two weeks to clear his name, or he would otherwise reveal dirt involving the party.

Azmin: We’re ready for by-election

Mohammad Fairus, 33, has been under spotlight for several months over his alleged corrupt practices. He had earlier resigned from his position as the deputy chief minister (1) and state exco member on April 8 after he was embroiled in a graft allegation linking to illegal quarry operations in the Penang mainland.

His resignation today as the state representative would necessitate a by-election for the state seat in the next 60 days. The Penanti seat is under the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat, held by PKR’s leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“The seat is now vacant and the Election Commission will decide the date to conduct the by-election which has to be called within 60 days,” PKR vice-president Azmin Ali. Azmin said the party would prepare for victory in the upcoming poll.

“We want to retain the seat and win with a bigger majority,” he told AFP.

Penang PKR deputy chief likely candidate

A Penanti by-election will not be a poll just to choose the next state assemblyperson but also the new deputy chief minister I – one of the two deputies which has been set aside for PKR.

permatang pauh by election pkr office area 060808 mansor othmanPenang PKR deputy chief and Anwar’s trusted lieutenant Dr Mansor Othman is a likely candidate for Penanti, which had 14,471 registered voters. In the Permatang Pauh by-election last August, PKR won Penanti – one of the three state seats in the parliamentary constituency – with a majority of 3,276.

Previously the party top leadership has opted to wait for the outcome of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation on Mohammad Fairus before deciding his replacement in Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s cabinet.

PKR sources said Anwar, the parliamentary opposition leader, has however decided to go ahead with a by-election in Penanti by asking Mohammad Fairus to quit after Lim exerted pressure for a quick decision on the matter. It now appear that MACC is in no hurry to charge Mohammad Fairus despite strong speculations that it would do so this week.

PKR has three executive councillor slots in the Pakatan state government. Batu Maung assemblyperson Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and Bukit Tambun assemblyperson Law Choo Kiang are the other two PKR representatives in the state cabinet.It first appeared Abdul Malik was to be promoted to take over the coveted DCM 1 post, while his party colleague, Sungai Bakap assemblyperson Maktar Shapee, 60, will fill the exco seat which he is vacating.

Anwar does not have much choice. Besides Mohammad Fairus, there are only two Malay-elected representatives among PKR’s nine state representatives.

Anwar has other plans. However, Anwar’s prolonged delay in naming any of them heightened speculations that he had other plans, much against the wishes ofgantang by election 050409 anwar and nizar dialogue with voters 03 the DAP-led state government. It is learned that the state government leadership preferred media-friendly Abdul Malik (right), 54, who is currently in charge of domestic trade, consumer affairs and Islamic religious affairs, as Lim’s deputy.

However, rumours within PKR circle on Abdul Malik’s alleged involvement in the ousting of Mohammad Fairus apparently had not gone down well with Anwar, who wanted a strong political personality to assume the hot seat.

Yesterday, Lim expressed disappointment over Anwar’s delay in naming PKR’s nominees for both the DCM 1 and exco posts. A by-election in Penanti will allow Anwar to pick his own men to fill the two posts. For the PKR supremo, Mansor (left), who is the deputy chief of PKR’s election machinery, fits the bill perfectly for the post of deputy chief minister.

“Anwar believes that, unlike (Mohammad) Fairus, Dr Mansor can’t be bullied around by rivals within PKR,” a top state leader told Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng, who is in Singapore on an official visit, said he was not aware of Fairus’ resignation. “I don’t know anything about this resignation. If you (reporters) want to know, please ask Anwar,” said Lim through his press secretary.

24 thoughts on “PKR’s Fairus resigns as Penanti State Assemblyman to pave the way for by-election

  1. Brother Din,

    What’s going on with the subdued resignation letter earlier and later the news about him asking DSAI to clear him or he’ll expose further scandals within PKR/ PR ?

    God Bless,

    Muhammad Firdaus Christopher

  2. Firdaus,

    As a coalition PR is transparent, accountable and competent. The same applies to PKR. The mainstream media makes a big play of news from PKR/PR, but suppresses negatives and stories of corruption and abuse of power by the UMNO-BN clique. Focus on Khir Toyo and others like him.

    Fairus has paid a huge price for not using his position to help PKR-PR and his constituents. Let us wish him well in his studies. –Din Merican

  3. Thanks for your prompt comments and clarifications.

    Nevertheless, I reckon that this is yet another slap to PKR after the Perak fiasco, you know why, it sure paints a picture that due homework was not done in the selection during the elections. I still strongly feel that PKR should buck up and improve the selection process moving forward.

    I really, really beg to differ but I’m so frustrated that we have this happening so far only in PKR but not DAP, PAS who has been around for years….all the more so when I’ve been a member of PKR since 1999 at the height of DSAIs incarceration.

    There sure needs to be a lot of skeleton cleaning to be done in PKR and I am thinking how I can help in this process… In addition, I really pity my beloved CM as he is squeezed/ pushed to the wall since there was no upfront notification to YAB when hell broke loose earlier today and he had to hear it from the reporters. CAT, remember ?

    God Bless you, Mrs, my beloved Penang/ Malaysia & fellow Anak2 Bangsa Malaysia

    Muhammad Firdaus Christopher

  4. “Meanwhile, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng, who is in Singapore on an official visit, said he was not aware of Fairus’ resignation. “I don’t know anything about this resignation. If you (reporters) want to know, please ask Anwar,” said Lim through his press secretary.”

    This is odd – a chief minister not knowing his deputy has resigned?

  5. A lot of negatives here, Din, too much to expound…But being an optimist as you say, all should be well – depending on how PKR plays it. Let it not reek of nepotism and favoritism, that’s all.
    _____
    Menyalak-er, PKR is always seeking ways to be better, ,more responsive and efficient…it is a learning political organisation. We can only improve as time goes on. We won’t tolerate warloardism in our party and that is why I am am optimist.–Din Merican

  6. What happen to PKR is an indication that the party is not thorough in their mission. Two days ago I met Manikumar at Sultan Abdul Halim Airport. He was waiting to send off DYMM Tuanku Sultan at the airport cafeteria. Poor fella, he don’t even know that VIPs are not using the same departure hall with the public. After I told him that Tuanku is using the Bunga Raya Lounge, the poor fella running like a school boy chasing after the bus to make up for his late arrival.

    In my short conversation with him, he was quick to ask me if I could help him set up a blog. He was clearly ignorance when I told him it is as easy as ABC. I just wonder how a guy with Master degree don’t even know that setting up a blog is so easy. Din, I suggest you go back to Bukit Selambau and tutor this young fella on blogging.

  7. “Two days ago I met Manikumar at Sultan Abdul Halim Airport. He was waiting to send off DYMM Tuanku Sultan at the airport cafeteria. Poor fella, he don’t even know that VIPs are not using the same departure hall with the public.”

    tean,

    You better teach him the proper way to address Tuanku Sultan. He might think he has first to formally seek his royal audience wherever he may be by addressing Tuanku, “Ampun Tuanku, beribu ribu ampun. Sembah patek harap di ampun” every time he wants to open his mouth!

    Care must be taken to make sure he understands that the proper way to ‘sembah’ is to put both hands to his forehead and not simply clasp both hands at breast level and shake his head.

  8. ‘ to sell ice kacang’ – Din Merican being sarcastic. You see Bean – he can be.. ‘ not so decent’ after all. He is now a full pledged politician; he certainly fits the bill. Din Merican , Malaysia’s very near future foreign minister.

  9. Din,

    You have to recognise the fact that many of the PKR leaders are not up to mark. Just look at Zulkifli Nordin. His views are in complete reverse to that of the party. Makes me wonder whether he’s a planted Umno agent. Zul is better of being with them than with PKR.

    DSAI has plenty up his sleeves, especially with his own party. And this could easily distract and derail him. Obviously, it’s not something he asks for.
    _________
    Please read my response to Danildaud, Tok Cik. Good that you are Tok Cik, not to Tok Kecut!! Nothing detracts Anwar from his purpose. He now has a team of people who are managing the party in a professional manner. We are doing this so that politicians concentrate on politics and serving people.

    PKR is improving by leaps and bounds and will emerge as a strong national party within the Pakatan coalition. Call when you are next in Kuala Lumpur. Regards to you and Mak Tok Cik.—Din Merican

  10. Tok Cik sir

    PKR cant be viewed merely as multi racial but more of a multifaceted entity with diverse characters – its more colorful this way. Religious bigots of Zulkifli’s nature are part and parcel of the set up. Besides, we cant have all of the party men clasping both hands at breasts’ level and shaking their heads ., now can we?
    __________
    Danildaud,
    There is strength in diversity but united in purpose. If you care to get to know and talk to YB Zulkifli Nordin, our MP for Kulim-Bandar Baru, you find him engaging and very intelligent, not bigoted as he is commonly perceived. Don’t be too quick to label him.

    I sometimes disagree with YB Zulkifli, but I have never doubted his commitment to our party, our struggle and our ethos of service to the rakyat. Talk to YB Zulkifli and you will likely come round to my view that he is a genuine regular guy.—Din Merican

  11. Wow, I just received news that the meeting with Fairus just ended and it was so damn HOT…. Nope, no retreat & we’re headed for another showdown in Penanti. Good night now & God Bless, Muhammad Firdaus Christopher.

  12. “Besides, we cant have all of the party men clasping both hands at breasts’ level and shaking their heads ., now can we?” Danildaud

    How many breasts you got?? I think you got the wrong breast.

  13. It is good that PKR stood firmed on Eli Won, and took action against Fairus. The DCM I was a non performer from his first day in office and was advised by party elders to perform, observe good ethics and be punctual for all engagements and meetings.

    I can only imagine the behind the scene negotiations that resulted in his resignation. DSAI has handled this aspect very well with tact and patience. I am sure he will not hesitate to take action against MPs, ADUNs and other party members should they deviate from the PKR ethos of good governance and bring disrepute to his reputation and agenda for change. A good leader leads by example and makes demands on others that he would for himself. Anwar is one of the best we can get today.

    However Anwar should listen more to the professional corps of his party and not give in too much to the views of the PKR politicians. He needs a well oiled and efficient party political machine if he wants to WIN the next general election– to have a clear shot at Putrajaya. I am quite sure he recognises the critical nature of good strategy and superb organization from ground up. He could take leaf from PAS when it comes to grassroots mobilisation.

  14. Kecut perut okay, Pak Din jangan kecut teloq sudah lah.

    Anyway, the perception of PKR leaders at ground zero is something else. If actions are underway to weed out the undesirables and the weaklings it should not be done at the expense of the rakyat. By-election is okay but if it happens too often then something is grossly wrong.

  15. “It is good that PKR stood firmed on Eli Wong, and took action against Fairus.”

    In the case of that Wong woman who chose to air her ‘grievances’ PKR was the victim. In the case of Fairus, he was his own victim.

  16. It’s good that PKR is seen to be transparent and doing the right thing, Din. The learning curve is steep and not many are really up to it, besides their hidden skeletons. I suggest that all future candidates be made to undergo some form of psychological testing, mainly looking at factors like honesty, trust and accountability (which are semi-quantitative).

    Talking to the common folks, i find that they are getting jaded with the non-stop electioneering and political intrigues. They just want to settle down and survive this period of economic uncertainty. The ‘authorities’ certainly aren’t! Although many will continue their anti-establishment stance, they are exhausted.

    Next GE, the reformasi movement ie PR, shall be in power but in the mean time let’s have a breather – and let Naif’s legions bury themselves. Let’s continue with parlimentary pressure instead…
    ________
    Menyala-er,
    The battle for change in an ongoing one…we must have the will and stamina to persist. Is that any other choice, given that our country is degenerating/—Din Merican

  17. “I suggest that all future candidates be made to undergo some form of psychological testing …” Menyalak-er

    You don’t want to do that. If you do that you may not find any candidates left to contest the elections.

  18. “Talking to the common folks, i find that they are getting jaded with the non-stop electioneering and political intrigues.” Menyalak-er

    Najib Administration will see UMNO on a permanent campaign mode. No real work is done and nothing much accomplished. Much like the Bush Administration. Thanks to Karl Rove.

  19. “Menyalak-er, PKR is always seeking ways to be better, ,more responsive and efficient…it is a learning political organisation.” Din Merican. I have nothing against PKR being a learning organization. Just do not learn at taxpayer expense.
    ________
    New Yorker Bean,

    I assume we on the same wavelength on the meaning of “learning organisation”. We can learn without incurring tax dollars. This is something UMNO-BN cannot do. They are just spending taxpayers’ money as if nothing mattered to them. Take the case of former MB Khir Toyol or ex-Tourism Minister Azalina.

  20. Hahaha, awake are you, Bean?
    Well, i think the ‘psycho testing’ should be marked on the curve and take up the top 90 percentile. That’s infinitely better than the present establishment, who takes up the bottom 10%!
    Yep, no work done – that’s why we’ve to look after ourselves. Our social safety net is like zero or even negative – they kick and whack you when you’re already down.

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