GEORGE TOWN: Jul 16, 2008 By NIK KHUSAIRI IBRAHIM
Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin denied rumours that he is quitting the post.
He called on the police to investigate those responsible for spreading such rumours via SMS.
"I am shocked why such baseless speculations are being spread," he told a press conference here on Wednesday.
Fairus claimed the rumours were being circulated to divert public attention.
"It never crossed my mind to quit the post. I am committed to helping solve the woes of the rakyat," he added.
He described his relationship with the Pakatan Rakyat state government as good.
Fairus said the issues concerning the fate of the rakyat were more important than anything else.
He said spreading such rumours could be part of a smear tactic to demoralise the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
In an immediate response Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state executive council members did not have any problem with Fairus.
"I am always in discussion with (PKR de facto leader) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. We do not have problem with Fairus," he said at a press conference after chairing the state Exco meeting.