Mohd Fairuz has been reported to resigned from his Penanti state seat-paving the way for a by-election within 60 days! He reportedly said he wants to spend more time with his family. The decision came months after speculations that he will be prosecuted for corruption involving illegal quarry operations in Penang. Despite misgivings by Pakatan Rakyat’s component parties it was reported that PKR/Anwar favoured such an option to clean up the PKR’s state leadership. The vacant Deputy Chief Minister post for Penang-a post reserve for PKR, remain unfilled as of now.