Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fairus quits as Penang Deputy Chief Minister ails opposition alliance

Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin has resigned effective April 8. He also quit his position as state executive councilor.

It was reported that his resignation is due to the state PKR’s internal investigations into allegations that two of their leaders were involved in illegal activities with quarry operators.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

However, De factor PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told reporters that Fairus, who has two Masters Degrees, had received offers for further studies and planned to take up one of those offers.

The resignation of Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Fairus Khairuddin is one of the latest embarrassments which have threatened the existence of opposition alliance.

Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin

It was reported that Fairus was known to have under allegations of under-performance, clashes with other PKR members and most recently, misuse of power. He enjoyed the trappings of power but did very little work as Penang state Deputy Chief Minister. He was frequently absent from state executive council meetings and had little to contribute. He hardly turned up at his constituency to serve the voters.

Ironically, of all the major problems faced by the Pakatan Rakyat since its formation last year, Parti Keadilan Rakyat would stand out as the source of much that ails the opposition alliance.

The scandals have seen PR lose the momentum it had gained against the ruling Barisan Nasional since last year’s March 8 general election.

From being on the cusp of power, the PR alliance is now faced with the growing pains it cannot afford if it is to have any chance of being a serious and viable alternative to BN.

It is crystal clear that PKR is the source of most of PR’s problems. It is the major challenges which threaten to derail a stunning political comeback by Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 under Mahathir and jailed on sodomy and corruption allegations that he said were politically motivated.

The above scenario clearly shown Anwar’s inability and he is not fit to lead the Pakatan Rakyat.

The question remains: Do we still want to support Pakatan Rakyat lead by Anwar or otherwise?

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