Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Pensiangan belong to PBS???

A by-election will be held in the Pensiangan parliamentary constituency if the Federal Court on Feb 12 and 13, 2009 upheld the Kota Kinabalu Election Court's judgement in nullifying Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup's win uncontested in the March 8, general elections.

The `battle' will be between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Though easy as it sound, lobbying for candidacy had started as soon as the Election Court on Sept 8, 2008 declared the seat vacant.

Incumbent Kurup, though he had filed an appeal to the Federal Court, had also made frequent visits to villages in the constituency. Federel Ministers and State and Federal BN leaders had also been visiting the area.

PKR's Danny Andipai, whose election petition was accepted by the Election Court, has always been in the area, his birth place and by right (this is what the people in the area told me) should be the PKR candidate.

But like Kurup, Andipai is also, at this point of time, be not sure or had secured the candidacy.

The candidacy for Kurup, who was made Federal Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister, after the general elections, is being `challenged' by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) headed by Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Andipai's place is said to be being eyed by PKR Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

Pairin had last week warned that BN should not placed a candidate that could not win in the by-election, adding that candidacy must not be automatically given to incumbent.

Although Pairin did not named the PBRS president, Kurup hit back by saying that Pairin should not interfered with the BN preparation for the by-election. Kurup also said that Pairin had failed in bringing about development to Pensiangan during his two terms as Member of Parliament.

Kurup hit back by challenging Pairin to a `one to one debate'.

PBS Deputy President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, today made it more vocal, saying that BN component members must unite to make sure the coalition win Pensiangan, if a by-election is held.

"But the candidate have to be from PBS, the party commands the majority support from the Pensiangan voters," he said in Kota Kinabalu.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Soalan bonus kah ini geng? Pensiangan milik urang Pensiangan lah.....bukan mana-mana parti pulitik!

Johnny Walker,
Red Label!