Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Najib says Kurup no longer Deputy Minister

Following the Kota Kinabalu Election Court decision to declare the March 8, 2008 general elections result for Pensiangan parliamentary seat null and void, Deputy Prime Minister said Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (Pix) is no longer Federal Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister.

Speaking to Bernama in Kuala Lumpur, Najib said Kurup is no longer a Deputy Minister as the person holding the post has to be a Member of Parliament.

Najib said kurup can be reappointed to the post if he is re-elected.

"Barisan Nasional will appeal against the decision and at the same time, prepare for a by-election," Najib said.

Appeal will waste Tax payers' money

Former Pensiangan MP Bernard S Maraat said appealing against the court decision would be a waste of public funds.

"Kurup should just accept the court's decision with an open heart and allow due process to take place," he said.

Maraat said if a by-erlection were to be held, he would be returning to win the MP seat following popular demand from the grassroots.

Maraat was Kurup's Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) secretary-general until the March 8, 2008 general elections. He quit after Kurup dropped him from defending Pensiangan. Kurup won the seat uncontested. The rest for now is history.

Just last week, Maraat joined Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and was elected the party divisional chairman for Liawan.

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