PBRS Claims To Be Best Choice For New Tulid Seat; Has Most Branches, Members

Arthur, fourth left, receiving a stack of application forms from a Damai Ria villager who was representative of some 400 people seeking to join PBRS. – Photo credit Rozie Jumat

KENINGAU – With some 125 branches and over 12,500 members in the current Sook state constituency, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) is laying claim on the newly created Tulid seat carved out from the bigger Sook.

PBRS deputy president, Arthur Kurup said despite the split in the recent delineation exercise by the Election Commission, his father’s party still boasts the most number of branches and members.

“This makes PBRS the most suitable party to field candidates for both seats as our representatives will be the most winnable to grab the seat for the BN,” Arthur said Saturday when he accepted 400 new members from Kg. Damai Ria Sook into PBRS.


Arthur himself is eyeing the Tulid seat as Sook is currently held by Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin, the assistant minister of Tourism, and the man Arthur ousted as the Number 2 in the party.

Father is Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, the current president as well as member of parliament for Pensiangan and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who has led PBRS since its inception in 1994.

At the event at Kg Damai Ria, Arthur said the applicants had no party membership previously and many were not yet registered to vote.

“Now that they are members of PBRS they have also registered as voters and have pledged their votes for any candidate fielded by PBRS for Barisan Nasional in the coming 14th General Election,” he said in a statement.

Arthur said this was part of the effort to strengthen the party as part of its commitment to the Barisan Nasional government.

Arthur also organised a community program for the community here to build a volley ball court.

This was done with the involvement of all members of the community where close to 500 members of the local community participated in the event.

Due to the overwhelming response of the community, the construction of the court was completed in only one day.

Arthur said he was very pleased with the participation from the local community and that he was happy that they have chosen to become members of PBRS to support the Barisan Nasional Government.

Most of the new members are youths who are supportive of the leadership of PBRS and the Barisan Nasional government and have pledged loyalty to candidates to be fielded by PBRS for the BN coalition in the coming 14th General Election.