Kurup: I’m not an opportunist
Published on: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
By: Leonard Alaza

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) President Tan Sri Joseph Kurup dismisses the label put on him as an opportunist, insisting instead that every political move he makes is only to ensure that the “rakyat” (people) are better served.

He said his party would do whatever it takes to make sure that the people are better served by the government.

“I don’t know why I’ve been labeled as an opportunist.”

“I’ve said that we always want to serve the “rakyat” better. And of course, people like to see that we are with them,” he told reporters during the party’s 25th anniversary dinner celebration, Saturday.

Kurup had not ruled out the possibility that the party might align itself with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which will be launched in Sabah on April 6.

But at the moment he said the one-seat party is taking a wait-and-see stance.

“If we were to work with them (PPBM), our main reason is that we would serve our people better.”

And if we took this step, we would set no condition. We just want to see our people happy. We will not be asking any posts. Not at all.

“But it’ll be up to them. If our contribution is good, well, it’ll be up to them to consider later on,” he added.

According to him, the party has about 68,000 members in the state but the accurate figure has yet to be updated.


After becoming the third Sabah Barisan Nasional component party to leave the coalition soon after the May 9 general election last year that saw the downfall of the six-decade regime, PBRS applied to become a member of Pakatan Harapan. 

The move failed after the party received no response from the ruling coalition.

Earlier in his speech, Kurup called on all party members to stay united and continue to serve the people right down to the grassroots.

Also present was his son, Arthur Kurup, the Member of Parliament for Pensiangan.



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