The embattled politician, who is under probe for corruption, announced today that he is stepping down as Penanti assemblyman “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 issued by PKR's information bureau.
But there is no confirmation from Fairus himself as he could not be contacted. [Click here to see full statement]
However, Penang legislative assembly speaker Abdul Halim Hussain confirmed receiving Mohammad Fairus' resignation letter.
In a press conference at his office this afternoon, Abdul Halim said he received the letter earlier today adding that all necessary arrangements were being made for a by-election.
Fairuz, 33 said in his statement that is planning to pursue his education and wants to spend more time with his family.
With Fairuz's resignation, the Election Commission (EC) is required to call for a by-election for the state seat within 60 days of being informed by the speaker of the State Assembly.
The Penanti seat is under the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency, held by PKR's leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. It has an electorate of 15,421 - of which 70% areMalays, 26.7% Chinese and 2.7% Indians.