Arthur Joseph Kurup

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Arthur Joseph Kurup
Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
Assumed office
10 December 2022
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
MinisterChang Lih Kang
Preceded byAhmad Amzad Hashim
Deputy Minister of Works
In office
30 August 2021 – 24 November 2022
Prime MinisterIsmail Sabri Yaakob
MinisterFadillah Yusof
Preceded byEddin Syazlee Shith
Succeeded byAbdul Rahman Mohamad
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
In office
10 March 2020 – 16 August 2021
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
MinisterMustapa Mohamed
Preceded byRadzi Jidin
(Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs)
Succeeded byEddin Syazlee Shith
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pensiangan
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byJoseph Kurup
Majority2,314 (2018)
5,412 (2022)
2nd President of the
Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah
Assumed office
7 January 2023
Preceded byJoseph Kurup
Deputy President of the
Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah
In office
1 November 2015 – 7 January 2023
PresidentJoseph Kurup
Preceded byEllron Alfred Angin
Succeeded byTBA
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018Barisan Nasional
2018–2020Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah
2020–Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Born (1982-08-04) 4 August 1982 (age 40)
Sabah, Malaysia
Political partyParti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
(–2018, since 2020)
Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS)
Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)
(aligned:since 2020)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(aligned:since 2022)
SpouseStella Boklin
RelationsJoseph Kurup (father)[1]
ResidenceSeri Pensiangan
ProfessionLawyer and economist
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Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup (born 4 August 1982) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister Chang Lih Kang since December 2022 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pensiangan since May 2018. He served as the Deputy Minister of Works in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and former Minister Fadillah Yusof from August 2021 to the collapse of the BN administration in November 2022 and the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Economic Affairs in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Minister Mustapa Mohamed from March 2020 to the collapse of the PN administraiton in August 2021. [2] He is a member of the Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), a component party of the BN coalition. He has also served as the 2nd President of PBRS since January 2023.[3] He also previously served as the Deputy President of PBRS from November 2015 to his promotion to party presidency in January 2023, the Vice President and Youth Chief of PBRS.[4][5][6]


Arthur previously worked as a Trade and Legal Officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Malaysia.[7] He served as a Director of Sabah Housing and Development Town Board.[6]


In the 2018 general election, his party of United Sabah People's Party (PBRS) fielded him to contest the Pensiangan parliamentary seat to succeed his father and party president, Joseph Kurup.[8][9][10][11] He faced Raymond Ahuar from the People's Justice Party (PKR) and defeated him.[12]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P182 Pensiangan, Sabah[13]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 Arthur Joseph Kurup (PBRS) 11,783 48.35% Raymond Ahuar (PKR) 9,469 38.86% 24,368 2,314 77.66%
Richard Joe Jimmy (STAR) 2,839 11.65%
Maidin Atak (PCS) 212 0.87%
Engah Sintan (Independent) 65 0.27%
2022 Arthur Joseph Kurup (PBRS) 19,623 52.88% Sangkar Rasam (PKR) 14,211 38.29% 37,110 5,412 66.66%
Jekerison Kilan (KDM) 1,640 4.42%
Siti Noorhasmahwatty Osman (WARISAN) 1,512 4.07%
Jamani Derimin (PEJUANG) 124 0.33%



  1. ^ Ryan Stanley (3 May 2018). "Terharu bapa jadi teman berkempen" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Archived from the original on 25 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Six Sabah MPs included in new Federal Cabinet line-up". The Borneo Post. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Joseph Kurup steps down as PBRS president, his son Arthur takes over". The Star. 7 January 2023. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  4. ^ Ruben Sario (30 October 2015). "Anak Joseph Kurup Bakal Jadi Timbalan Presiden PBRS" (in Malay). mStar. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  5. ^ Olivia Miwil (26 April 2018). "Arthur bawa suara orang muda" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Julia Chan (27 April 2018). "Sabah's scions rise to GE14 challenge". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2018. The younger Kurup was elected deputy president of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah in 2015, and appointed to the board of directors for the Sabah Town and Housing Development Board in 2016. He is also a trained lawyer and a TN50 ambassador.
  7. ^ Muguntan Vanar; Natasha Joibi (4 May 2018). "Uphill task ahead for Kurup's son". The Star. Retrieved 25 May 2018. Located close to the Kalimantan-Sabah border, the constituency, which was held by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup for two terms, has an almost equal number of ethnic Dusun and Murut voters. The area will test Arthur, who used to be a lawyer with the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as he enters the complex game of localized family politics.
  8. ^ "Kurup decides to stay out". Daily Express. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ Olivia Miwil (26 April 2018). "Joseph Kurup confident son, Arthur, is best candidate for Pensiangan". New Straits Times. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  10. ^ Ryan Stanley (3 May 2018). "Arthur Kurup on the campaign trail with incumbent dad". New Straits Times. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  11. ^ Rizalmi Liman (5 May 2018). "Kurup yakin dengan Arthur sebagai calon BN Pensiangan" (in Malay). New Sabah Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  12. ^ Nandini Balakrishnan (10 May 2018). "Historic Win: The Complete Result Of GE14's Parliamentary Seats Across Malaysia". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  14. ^ Ibrahim, Mohd Iskandar; Sulaiman, Noor Atiqah (1 February 2021). "Seramai 335 terima darjah kebesaran sempena Hari Wilayah". Berita Harian (in Malay). Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  15. ^ Hadir, Shawaliah (1 February 2021). "Tengku Zafrul antara 6 penerima Darjah Kebesaran Pangkat Pertama sempena Hari WP". MalaysiaGazette (in Malay). Retrieved 1 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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