KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup is making way for his son Arthur (pic), 36, to contest the Pensiangan parliamentary seat. After 33 years in politics, Kurup, 74, said it was time for him to retire.
Kurup believes his son, who is PBRS deputy president, is the right choice to be the face of the next generation of politicians, which he adds is in line with the aspirations of National Transformation 2050 (TN50).
Besides Arthur, Barisan Nasional will also retain incumbent Sook assemblyman Datuk Ellron Angin, who is also from PBRS.
“I think it is high time for veteran politicians like me to make way for younger leaders. I believe Arthur has the vision to bring the younger generation to 2050,” Kurup said.
He said Arthur was well accepted among the people in Pensiangan and would be able to retain the seat for Barisan.
Kurup, who joined Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) led by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan in 1985, is among the few Sabah politicians to survive the rough and tumble of state politics, and stay in government for 33 years.
After the fall of the PBS government in 1994, he took over the newly-formed PBRS, and remained in the state government, holding various ministerial positions until 2008, despite electoral defeats.
Kurup moved to the Pensiangan parliamentary seat and was made deputy minister before being promoted to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in 2013.
He had also survived several internal party challenges – both in PBS and PBRS.
Meanwhile, Upko is placing its hopes on political greenhorn Ceasar Mandela Malakun, 27, to regain the Penampang parliamentary seat held by its former president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, who was defeated by PKR in 2013.
Upko Youth leader Ewon Benedick, 35, will contest the Kadamaian seat and former Kota Kinabalu mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir will contest the Paginatan seat left vacant after the death of Datuk Siringan Gubat earlier this year.
Upko acting president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, who is defending his Tuaran parliamentary seat, said that they were contesting three parliamentary and seven state seats.
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