KOTA KINABALU: Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan will contest two seats in interior Keningau and take on his elder brother, Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Though Pairin's candidacy remains a tightly guarded secret, Dr Jeffrey is willing to go into his brother's Tambunan state and Keningau parliamentary seats.
Despite a failed bid to unseat his brother in 2013, Dr Jeffrey says he is confident about winning in Tambunan and Keningau as he is still very spirited compared to his brother, who is preparing for retirement.
"My brother's mind is on retirement and even if he is forced to contest, it is okay. After all, we are brothers," he added.
Dr Jeffrey said he would let the people decide who their future leaders will be.
On being served a notice of bankruptcy, Dr Jeffrey said he was not concerned about the matter and he remained eligible to contest.
"This happened 15 years ago and I totally forgot about it until it resurfaced recently," he said, adding that his lawyers have applied to the court to set the notice aside.
Sabah STAR will be contesting five parliamentary and 17 state seats in the state.
Among the 17 state seats are Bingkor, Liawan, Sook, Matunggong, Tandek, Tempasuk, Kadamaian, Kiulu, Tamparuli and Paginatan.
Four Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) candidates will be contesting the state seats under the Sabah STAR banner.
The parliamentary seats are Keningau, Ranau, Pensiangan, Penampang and Papar.
Sabah STAR is part of the four-party Gabungan Sabah coalition.
The other parties are SAPP, led by former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee; Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah led by Datuk Lajim Ukin and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah Mohd Arshad Abdul Maulap.
They are also expected to announce their candidates soon.