PBRS plays cards close to chest as it eyes seats

  • Nation
  • Monday, 09 Feb 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Kadazandusun-based Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) has submitted a list of seats it is keen to contest in the coming general election but its president, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, has decided not to make it public. 

Describing seat allocation among the Sabah Barisan Nasional component parties as a “sensitive” matter, Kurup said his party had submitted the names of its candidates and the seats they were eyeing to the Barisan leadership. 

Staying clear from the path taken by two Kadazandusun-based Barisan component parties – Parti Bersatu Sabah led by Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Parti Upko headed by Tan Sri Bernard Dompok – which expressed their hopes to contest in most of the Kadazandusun seats, Kurup said seats should be allocated in the Barisan spirit of consensus. 

“Our request will be reasonable,” said Kurup after an Election Commission briefing here. 

Kurup, a nominated assemblyman from Keningau and also state Youth and Sports Minister, declined to say if he had plans to contest a parliamentary seat or a state seat. 

On whether his party would adopt the “one seat, one candidate” concept, Kurup replied: “We have no hard and fast rules on this, we are open for a candidate to stand in both state and parliamentary seats.” 

In the 1999 state elections, PBRS candidates Kurup and Ellron Afred Anggin contested in Bingkor and Tambunan respectively but both lost to PBS candidates. PBS was then in the opposition.  

Ellron lost to Pairin in Tambunan while Kurup was defeated by Pairin’s younger brother, Datuk Dr Jeffrey, in Bingkor.  

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