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PBRS division does not want Ellron to contest
Published on: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Keningau: All is not well in PBRS with its Nabawan division against Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister and Sook incumbent Datuk Ellron Angin being fielded as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Pensiangan parliamentary seat in the coming election. This is despite Ellron recently receiving support from fellow BN component PBS in Kuamut and the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Association (PVATM) Keningau branch.

Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah's Nabawan division chief Paul Yambak said a divisional committee meeting on March 5 unanimously decided that he should not contest on disciplinary grounds.

"The objection was based on actions on his part which were deemed not appropriate for a leader or assemblyman.

"One of which was that he breached party regulations. Another was when he allegedly used a Community Development Leader to instigate the people to hate the party president (Tan Sri Joseph Kurup)," he said.

Paul further alleged that Ellron was involved in a Black Shirt movement that booed Kurup in the presence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during his working visit to Nabawan recently.

He added that Ellron allegedly also twisted his statements regarding his defeat in the party election for the post of deputy president where he lost to Kurup's son, Arthur.

"He told people that he had been sacked and that the election process was unfair," said Paul while claiming that Ellron's loss "was actually due to him not getting enough support from party branches".

In the 2015 party election, Ellron failed to get the required 50 per cent of nominations from the 23 divisions.

Arthur, 36, reportedly secured 19 nominations while the 59-year-old Ellron bagged only four thus making him ineligible to contest the post at the triennial party election.

Arthur's successful bid for the post made PBRS the first party in the country to have a have a father and son occupying the top two posts.

Recently, the PVATM publicly declared its support for Ellron to stand as a BN candidate in Pensiangan after 977 of its members were said to favour him.

Earlier this week, PBRS secretary-general Datuk Dr Johnson Tee issued a press statement confirming that the party will be fielding a new and young face, believed to refer to Arthur, to defend the Pensiangan parliamentary seat for the BN. He said the request was conveyed directly to BN head, Najib.

Kurup is the incumbent MP and Arthur, has been tipped to replace him. It has also been speculated that Kurup senior will contest in Sook this time. If the speculation is true, Ellron would be out.

PBRS has been allocated one parliamentary seat and one state seat in the coming general election. - Eleanor Ruby


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