Fairus Khairuddin, the embattled former Penang deputy chief minister has resigned his Penanti state seat, paving the way for a by-election within the next 60 days. Official Parti Keadilan mouthpiece reports:

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is expected to accept the resignation given the corruption allegations mounting against the 33-year old Fairus.

“After giving due consideration and in the interest of the people, I have decided for the sake of protecting Keadilan to resign as the Penanti state representative effective today,” Fairus said in a statement.

He also said he planned to further his education and 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,” Fairus added.