Spotlighting Fairus…

The battles of critics continue, and now they are no longer just within the ruling Barisan National party which suffered its worst election loss in decades just months ago. The finger-pointing, claims and denials etc. brouhahas now infect the Pakatan Rakyat too, which now controls five of the thirteen states of Malaysia, generally its biggest achivement so far.

This time, the young Yang Berhormat from Penanti, Seberang Perai, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin is in a hot pan. Check out the back-to-back news excepts on the blogged Deputy Chief Minister of Penang (presumably by blogspot user Rezal Huzairi, and also by another anonymous blogger at, archiving press clips), just this week:-

Former officers say Penang DCM incompetent
Malaysia Kini, Malaysia – 10 hours ago
Embattled Deputy Chief Minister of Penang Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin is in the spotlight again. This time over the resignation of six members of his …
Rising to the challenge
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – 10 hours ago
… took over the hot seat on Friday from Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Fairus Khairuddin, who resigned from the post last month. …
Not even banners with CM’s photo spared
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Dec 2, 2008
Also present was Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who is the state Religious Affairs Committee chairman.
Anwar: No Offer Of Deputy Chief Minister Post To Arif Shah
Bernama, Malaysia – Dec 2, 2008
Asked about the alleged under-performance of Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohamad Fairuz Khairuddin, Anwar said the work performance of all PKR leaders …

Penang Deputy CM: I am not being replaced
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia – Nov 30, 2008
GEORGE TOWN, Dec 1 – Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin today ruled out talk that the PKR leadership is replacing him soon. …
Deputy CM Mohd Fairus quashes replacement rumours
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Nov 30, 2008
By CHRISTINA CHIN GEORGE TOWN: Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin quashed rumours that he is being replaced, claiming that the PKR …
CM: Let PKR deal with Fairus
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Nov 30, 2008
SHAH ALAM: The fate of Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin as Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister I lies in the hands of the PKR leadership. The Penanti assemblyman is …
Lim: No plans for reshuffle in Penang
New Straits Times, Malaysia – Nov 30, 2008
Lim said the position of Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin as deputy chief minister I was unchanged as he had not received any word from Parti Keadilan Rakyat, …
No Plan To Reshuffle State Exco – Guan Eng
Bernama, Malaysia – Nov 30, 2008
He was responding to rumours that Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) would be dropped and Seberang Jaya …

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The short bio on mfairus blogspot portrays how Fairus, although at a rather young age of 32 is no small kid on the block. He already has five children, posseses a Masters Degree, academic background in politics, management and Islamic law from three universities including one in the United Kingdom, has had extensive work experience in corporations and has held several past political posts — all of which that average 40-year olds could still be struggling to achieve:

MOHAMMAD FAIRUS BIN KHAIRUDDIN, anak kelahiran Guar Perahu, Kubang Semang adalah cucu bekas Penghulu Guar Perahu Abdullah bin Din ( Tok Wan Lah ). Berumur 32 tahun, telah dianugerahkan lima cahaya mata tiga lelaki dan dua perempuan hasil perkongsian hidup dengan Puan Nurusa’adah Jelani. Beliau memiliki Ijazah Sarjana “Strategic & Defence Studies, Ijazah Sarjana (MBA) “Strategic Management”, United Kingdom, Ijazah Sarjana Muda “Political Science – International Relations, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa dan Sijil Pengajian Syariah, Universti Malaya. Mohammad Fairus memulakan kerjaya awal dengan menyertai beberapa organisasi korperat gergasi tempatan dan antarabangsa antaranya Hong Leong Assurance, Franklin Covey Malaysia, Ford Motor Company Malaysia, Uni Asia Life Assurance Bhd sebelum akhirnya menjadi perunding bebas. JAWATAN DALAM PARTI • Naib Ketua Angkatan Muda Bahagian Selayang • Ketua Penerangan Bahagian Selayang • AJK Biro Pembangunan Strategi dan Integrasi Nasional Pusat.

Although described as a trustworthy person by people who knows him (including many friends of mine), I wonder how he could be quickly selected by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng judging from his lack of experience in the state of Penang, having spent most of his time elsewhere (which CM Lim Guan Eng himself did, and is still doing too!). In fact, Fairus seems to be jumping places and companies too many, and too quickly all these years — it is only natural that Fairus’ time in his current top government post in Penang is up, and it’s time to move on elsewhere, again! And perhaps, Fairus should start spending time writing his own blogs instead of having others filling up the posts for him – try getting assistance from peers like YB Yusmadi (Balik Pulau MP), YB Jeff Ooi (Jelutong MP) and of the course the famous Penang-born YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Permatang Pauh MP).

Wait, if Fairus is not too popular for his own constituents, how about YB Prof Dr P. Ramasamy from Perai, the Deputy Chief Minister II, who’s even more unheard of all these months?

And while the blames seem to be pointing to Fairus at this time, I’d think that Guan Eng should take the bigger blame for not being able to appoint the right people as his much needed deputies, while he’s been busy with road signs, fighting for justices, playing accountants and lawyers game etc., most of which, outside of Penang… (and forgot to administrate the state properly).