Arthur Joseph Kurup

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Arthur Joseph Kurup
Ministerial roles
2020–2021Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
2021–Deputy Minister of Works
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 39)
Sabah, Malaysia
Political partyPBRS (2018–Present)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (2020–Present)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020–Present)
Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) (2018-Present)
Spouse(s)Stella 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 Deputy Minister of Works in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Fadillah Yusof since August 2021. He served as 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 Minister Mustapa Mohamed from March 2020 to August 2021. [2] He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pensiangan, as well the Deputy President of United Sabah People's Party (PBRS).[3][4][5]


Arthur previously worked as a Trade and Legal Officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Malaysia.[6] He served as a Director of Sabah Housing and Development Town Board.[5]


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.[7][8][9][10] He faced Raymond Ahuar from the People's Justice Party (PKR) and defeated him.[11]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P182 Pensiangan, Sabah[12]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2018 Arthur Joseph Kurup (PBRS) 11,783 37.6%2 Raymond Ahuar (PKR) 9,469 30.2%2
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.



  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. ^ Ruben Sario (30 October 2015). "Anak Joseph Kurup Bakal Jadi Timbalan Presiden PBRS" (in Malay). mStar. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  4. ^ Olivia Miwil (26 April 2018). "Arthur bawa suara orang muda" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Kurup decides to stay out". Daily Express. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  8. ^ Olivia Miwil (26 April 2018). "Joseph Kurup confident son, Arthur, is best candidate for Pensiangan". New Straits Times. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  9. ^ Ryan Stanley (3 May 2018). "Arthur Kurup on the campaign trail with incumbent dad". New Straits Times. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Nandini Balakrishnan (10 May 2018). "Historic Win: The Complete Result Of GE14's Parliamentary Seats Across Malaysia". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  13. ^ Ibrahim, Mohd Iskandar; Sulaiman, Noor Atiqah (1 February 2021). "Seramai 335 terima darjah kebesaran sempena Hari Wilayah". Berita Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  14. ^ Hadir, Shawaliah (1 February 2021). "Tengku Zafrul antara 6 penerima Darjah Kebesaran Pangkat Pertama sempena Hari WP". MalaysiaGazette (in Malay). Retrieved 1 February 2021.

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