Malaysia’s 13th General Election


Datuk Joniston Bangkuai to contest Kiulu state seat under BN ticket

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah & Sarawak New Straits Times Regional Editor, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai to contest the Kiulu state seat under Barisan Nasional ticket.

Joniston, 51,  who is also Sabah Journalist Association president and Kiulu PBS vice-chief replaced Datuk Louis Rampas, who is not defending the seat to allow young blood to rejuvenate the party leadership.

A former journalist with the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and local newspaper Sabah Times in the early 80's, he is is among the four new faces in the BN component, Party Bersatu Sabah (PBS)'s list of candidates.

Meanwhile,  PBS earlier said it would reveal the full list on Tuesday after their supreme council meeting.

Party president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan when announcing this latest change-up, said the decision was made based on various factors but believed the injection of fresh faces will help BN in the long run.

"It is normal that various personalities might have their own supporters from their areas, but what is important in the end is that the candidates selected are first and foremost the representatives of BN," he said.

The other three new faces are businessman Joseph Paulus Lantip who will contest in the Inanam state constituency, Tokoh Guru Kebangsaan (national model teacher) Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching who will vie for the Tawau parliamentary seat and People's Development Representative Fung Len Fui who will stand in the Sri Tanjong state constituency. 

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Joniston told reporters that if elected, he would continue to bring development to the people, particularly in Kiulu through the national transformation agenda promoted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He was optimistic that BN would retain the Kiulu seat with the solid support of the constituency's leaders and voters.
"I am confident that we will achieve a major victory in this general election because we have the crucial advantage of being able to deliver to the people in our capacity as their representatives," said Joniston, who is also BIMP-EAGA Media and Communicators Association protem president. -- BERNAMA

Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Joniston Bangkuai for Kiulu taking his pledge at the Parti Bersatu Sabah headquarters in Donggongon, Penampang.Pix by Roy Goh

Datuk Joniston Bangkuai

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