Federal Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup today filed an application in the Court of Appeal in Puterajaya, Kuala Lumpur for a stay of execution of a Kota Kinabalu Election Court's decision to declare void his win in Pensiangan in the March 8, 2008 general elections.
Kurup, who is Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president, said his lawyer had also filed an appeal against the Monday's Election Court judgement declaring his seat in Parliament vacant.
He told the Press in Kota Kinabalu this afternoon that in the event that a by-election had to be held, PBRS Pensiangan is ready to take up the challenge to defend the seat.
Asked about his position as Deputy Minister, the lawyer turned politician said: That you have to ask Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak."
On Monday, Najib said Kurup was no longer Deputy Minister as a person have to be an MP to hold the post.
A by-election should be held in Pensiangan and Kurup should defend the seat to proof that he has the supports of the constituents.