Kitin­gan vs Kitin­gan vs Kitin­gan


PETALING JAYA: Sabah will see the fight for the Tam­bunan state seat among three brothers from the Kitin­gan fam­ily.

Parti Ber­satu Sabah (PBS) pres­i­dent and Tam­bunan in­cum­bent as­sem­bly­man Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan, 78, is ex­pected to de­fend his seat against younger brothers Parti Sol­i­dar­iti Tanah Airku (Star) pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Jef­frey Kitin­gan, 70, and Crispin Kitin­gan, 59, of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

While both el­der Kitin­gans had pit­ted them­selves against each other in the past with Joseph win­ning the Keningau par­lia­ment seat dur­ing the 13th gen­eral elec­tion, Crispin has de­cided to jump into the fray for the first time.

A three-cor­nered fight be­tween Joseph and Jef­frey, saw the lat­ter win the Keningau seat with a ma­jor­ity of 4,264. The other can­di­date was from PKR.

De­spite Joseph, who is also the “Huguan Siou” or Para­mount Leader of the Kadazan-Dusun com­mu­nity, hav­ing ini­tially ex­pressed in­ten­tion to quit from his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, he was re­ported to have stated his in­ten­tion to con­test should it be re­quired by the top lead­er­ship and the grassroots.

It is learnt that Jef­frey will con­test the Keningau par­lia­men­tary and Tam­bunan state seats re­gard­less of is fielded as his op­po­nent, in­clud­ing his brothers.

Crispin, who joined Warisan last year af­ter serv­ing as an of­fi­cer in the Sabah Forestry De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, was re­ported to have ex­pressed dis­in­ter­est to be­come a can­di­date but will take up the op­por­tu­nity if his party leader de­cided on it.

The Kitin­gan fam­ily is no stranger to pol­i­tics, with Joseph hav­ing served as the sev­enth Sabah chief min­is­ter and Jef­frey hav­ing served as Bingkor as­sem­bly­man re­cently.

Their nephew Datuk Seri Max­imus Johnity Ongk­ili cur­rently serves as PBS deputy pres­i­dent and is in­cum­bent Kota Marudu MP.




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