KOTA KINABALU: Barely a week after applying to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), maverick Sabah politician Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has been made one of the party's state deputy chiefs.
And the younger sibling of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan said yesterday he was prepared to take on his brother on their home turf in the interior Tambunan district.
“In politics anything is possible,” Dr Jeffrey said when asked whether he was ready to contest against Pairin, a Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and state Rural Development Minister, in Tambunan in the next elections.
Dr Jeffrey, who submitted his application to join PKR on Oct 7, said this to reporters when promoting his latest book, Justice for Sabah, at the weekly Gaya Street Fair here yesterday.
Also present was Sabah PKR liaison committee chairman Awang Tengah Awang Amin, who announced Dr Jeffrey’s appointment as one of his three deputies, representing the non-Muslim bumiputras.
The other Sabah PKR deputy presidents are lawyers Ansari Abdullah and Christina Liew.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said Sabah must never forget its political past and its people must always remember that the state had regressed when it was under opposition rule.