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SIX(6) members of Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin resigned for allegedly being unable to work with him, according to Malaysiakini.
Among them his Private Secretary, Political Secretary, Press Secretary and Special Officer, because Fairus has an "ATTITUDE PROBLEM".
Fairus, 32, a PKR assemblyperson for Penanti, is one of the two Deputy Chief Ministers of Penang. The other deputy chief minister is P Ramasamy from DAP.
Since taking office in March, Fairus has been criticised by many quarters and complaints against him range from:
PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim had openly advised Fairus to improve his work.
being late for functions and meetings evading field work not having a good relationship with his constituents and state Pakatan Rakyat leaders
Rezal Huzairi, who had been working with Fairus since March, tendered in his resignation last Monday, because he could not work with Fairus.
Another former member of Fairus' administration,who requested anonymity, told Malaysiakini he realised he could not work with the deputy chief minister after only THREE months.
Another former officer who also requested anonymity, claimed that Fairus failed to arrange a single meeting with his secretaries and aides since he took office.
"As a person who worked closely with him, I did everything I could in my capacity, from arranging appointments to meeting constituents. But when I arranged appointments after I got his consent, he would make a last minute decision not to show up.
At the end of the day, we are blamed as we are the ones who communicated with the respective people. How long can we stand this? My image has been tarnished because of him and I was even accused of being a traitor. "
"There was not a single meeting with the officers, aides, or his staff. This is not a question of us being jealous because there is nothing to be jealous about in the first place.Fairus had said the allegations by his staff of his incompetence were all lies (fitnah), and that he has no problems with members of his administration.
We would support him if he does his job. We are not merely ‘yes-men' for him."
One of them said if Fairus had proof of the lies or fitnah against him, he should lodge a police report. "Please stop accusing and pointing fingers at other people. If your officers resign one after another, the problem does not lie with them, but with you," one officer said.
The officers agreed that the deputy chief minister should step down immediately before he makes "more mistakes". Fairus should step down to avoid embarrassing the Pakatan-led states and PKR.
One of the officers advised:
"He has to resign now if he still has some dignity left in him.
We would not want him to betray his own Penanti constituents as this would just embarrass (Penang Chief Minister Lim) Guan Eng.
It also brings down the image of Islam and the image of Anwar who made him what he is now."