Embattled former Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin said he stood by his resignation as Penanti assemblyman despite being cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission of any wrongdoing.

Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin

The Star reports: “I repeat strongly my intention to resign as Penanti assemblyman and I want to express my full support towards Parti Keadilan Rakyat under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“The MACC’s announcement that has freed me from all accusations is the manifestation of the truth that I have been defending all this while,” he said in a statement Friday.

Fairus however still hopeful of clinging on as Penanti assemblyman, but said that’s up to Parti Keadilan Rakyat to decide.

Fairus, who had reportedly expressed interest in returning as an assemblyman after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission cleared him of graft charges on Thursday, said he would “leave the decision to the leaders”.

He said it was up to PKR to decide whether he was able to retract his resignation letter. Fairus resigned from all posts on April 8, following allegations of involvement in illegal quarry dealings in Penang.