JOHOR BARU, March 26 — PKR’s Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who has been embroiled in graft allegations in Penang, has been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for questioning.
The Penang Deputy Chief Minister I was stopped by Immigration officers at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at about 11 last night.He was subsequently handed over to Johor MACC officers.
Johor DAP deputy chief Norman Fernandez, a lawyer, was among Pakatan Rakyat leaders who rushed to the CIQ last night on hearing the news but was unable to speak to Fairus.
Fernandez said Fairus was taken to the Johor MACC headquarters in Air Molex at about 2.45am.
MACC investigating director Datuk Syukri Abdul told The Malaysian Insider that Fairus was detained only to facilitate investigations into allegations of illegal activities with quarry operators in Penang.
“He has not been arrested.”
He said MACC had been investigating Fairus since Tuesday and had alerted Immigration and the police to be on the look-out for him.
“Immigration officers alerted us when he arrived at the CIQ last night.”
Syukri added that MACC officers are currently recording a statement from Fairus in Johor.
Last Saturday, Fairus tendered his resignation as Penang’s deputy chief minister and state executive councillor for Entrepreneurial and Co-operative Development, and Information and Community Relations.His resignation is effective on April 8.
For the last four months, the 33-year-old Penanti assemblyman has been at the centre of controversy and more recently embroiled in allegations that he was one of two PKR leaders involved in illegal activities with quarry operators.
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