Although he always denied interest in contesting in elections, still his name is mentioned whenever it come to the possible candidate for Kiulu. He is Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, the New Straits Times executive bureau chief for Sabah, who is also the Sabah Journalist Asssociation's president.
A local from Kiulu, Bangkuai is said to be fielded by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) replacing incumbent Assemblyman Datuk Louis Rampas.
Yet another name cropped up as the possible PBS candidate for Kiulu, Sindin Ranggangon, the Kiulu PBS division chief. His interest is more visible, he had recently resigned as a senior officer of the National Unity Department and openly declared that he wanted to `play full time politic'. Yesterday, he announced that he was offering himself to defend the Kiulu seats for Barisan Nasional.
Likely also to offer himself as PBS candidate is Bernama bureau chief for Sabah Newman Tibin. A lawyer, by training, Tibin is also a local from Kiulu.
I pray that one of them will be the candidate as there were also talk that an incumbent Assemblyman from a neighbouring constituency could be PBS' leadership choice for Kiulu.