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Pairin agrees to contest – but only for Tambunan seat
Published on: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Keningau: Incumbent Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (pic) has agreed to defend his Tambunan state seat in the coming 14th general election while allowing his Keningau parliamentary seat to be contested by Political Secretary in the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, Datuk Daniel Kinsik.

Pairin was the only Sabah politician to contest both the State and Parliament seats in the 2013 election.

Kinsik is Parti Bersatu Sabah Tambunan division deputy chief.


Pairin, who is also Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure Development Minister, agreed to the request of PBS Tambunan division Committee Members during a courtesy call at PBS Headquarters in Kota Kinabalu, on Friday.

The 15 committee members were headed by PBS Tambunan Division Vice Chief, Datuk Lawrence Gimbang.

Others included the Division Secretary Laiwon Dallus, Lajiun Gunting (Asst Secretary), Wilfredoline Jakil (Treasurer), Silverius Bruno (Information Chief), Rockey J. Budin (Youth Chief), Edwin Danis (Executive Secretary).

The Committee Members included Paladius Daminic, Linus Gansilou, Vincent Saradon, Peter James, Primus Ansibil, Zainal Rasid, Jairim Jamilie (Auditor) and Robert Yandiu.


Wilfredoline, who acted as the group's spokesman, said they were thankful to Pairin for accepting the request and urged supporters and voters in Tambunan to give unanimous support to Pairin "as his services representing the Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) community in the state are still needed."

Wilfredoline, who is also Political Secretary in the Infrastructure Development Ministry, said Pairin succeeded in bringing rapid progress to Tambunan.

"In addition, his leadership as head of PBS Tambunan Division and former Keningau Member of Parliament has been well received by all the people of this area since he first contested under Berjaya in 1976.

"The people of this area still need his services in view of his well-liked and friendly leadership, as well as being a people-oriented leader.


"With his agreement, of course the continuity of development under the BN government can be intensified again in the face of the 2050 National Transformation (TN50)," he said. He also urged the people in the Keningau parliamentary constituency to support Daniel in this coming election.

In the 13th general election, Pairin managed 5,586 votes with a majority of 2,079 votes in a five-cornered fight.

He became the 7th Chief Minister in the PBS government in April 1985 until March 1994.

Pairin also won the Keningau parliamentary constituency since 1986, the 7th GE until the 13th GE and won three times uncontested in the 7th GE (1986), 8th GE (1990) and 11th GE (2004).

In the 13th general election (2013) Pairin won with 15,818 votes with a majority of 3,918 in a three-cornered fight including his younger brother, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan representing STAR. - Johan Aziz

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