Here’s something to make me worry about Malaysiakini!
But first, let’s read The Malaysian Insider Fairus leaves fate to party which reported:
Former Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin today said it is up to the party leadership to decide whether he should retract his resignation as Penanti assemblyman after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission cleared him of any wrongdoings.
He said his resignation as a lawmaker was a sign of his loyalty to the party as he has always put the interest of the party above himself.
"I leave it to the party leadership on the next course of action, whether I should retract or not it is up to them," he told The Malaysian Insider.
I read it as Fairus wanting to withdraw his resignation, but deferring the decision to PKR leaders.
But in Malaysiakini, there was no such report of Fairus saying that. All it said in its article Fairus says it again: I quit was:
Fairus Khairuddin has today reiterated his decision to resign as Penanti assemblyperson.
“I reaffirm my earlier stand to resign as Penanti assemblyperson and pledge full support for the PKR leadership under Anwar Ibrahim.”
But if you read CAREFULLY it was a statement ISSUED BY the party’s information bureau this afternoon, and not a direct quote from Fairus himself.
Malaysiakini earlier (breaking news) article on subject had PKR Deputy President, Dr Syed Husin, insisting that Fairus didn’t quit because of the corruption allegation, thus MACC clearing him has no bearing at all nor cause for Fairus to withdraw his resignation.
From the tone of that initial (breaking news) article, Dr Syed sounded rather angry and panicky with the suggestion that Fairus might withdraw his resignation. [Incidentally, that report quoting Dr Syed Husin has gone from the revised Malaysiakini report]
I bet Dr Syed Husin must have made Fairus feel very wanted wakakaka.
My dear doctor, alas, you’ve changed so much since you joined up with Anwar Ibrahim – I see you now as just another acolyte mesmerized by the miasmatic mist of malarkey.
Contrary to your frenetic assertion, the following is what your de facto leader had been quoted by Malaysiakini in its article Fairus stays despite tempting offers:
PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim has hailed Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin for being a ‘gentleman’ by gracefully relinquishing all his elected and appointed positions in the Penang government.
The opposition leader said PKR took pride that a young leader like Mohammad Fairus was standing up for his principle to clear his name from the graft allegations and prevent the party from being further tarnished.
above bold-ing and underlining are mine
Dr Syed, I believe it’s time for you to retire.
Also in that earlier article Penang speaker (PKR) Abdul Halim Hussin was quoted as saying Fairus cannot withdraw his resignation, but since then, he has denied saying that.
Abdul Halim stated: “I only said that his resignation was done in accordance with the law. As the speaker, I am legally bound to verify the authenticity of the resignation letter, hand it over to the EC and wait for its decision.”
Now, who do we blame for that misquote. Errr … it’s OK to blame the media for misquoting Abdul Halim as he is not BN wakakaka.
Now, this is the best part to the sorry PKR comedic episode (MIC, eat your heart out wakakaka) – DAP national chairperson, Karpal Singh said that Fairus has the right to withdraw his resignation as Penanti assemblyperson so long as the Election Commission hasn’t accepted his quit notice or announced the by-election date.
Karpal stated: “Since the MACC has cleared him of all the graft allegations, I think Fairus has the right to withdraw his resignation letter.”
Wakakaka. But good on you, Karpal, Khalsa warrior of truth!
But I am terribly terribly disappointed with Malaysiakini for not reporting Fairus’ re-think on his resignation, instead of publishing only the statement from PKR’s information bureau. That extra piece of news, no doubt worrying to PKR, could have given us the full context of the story.
And why has Malaysiakini also withdrawn the post on Karpal Singh's assertion that Fairus can withdraw his resignation? - bloody right in front of my eyes.