PENAMPANG : A local businessman, Phillip Among, is said to in pole position to be picked by State Reform Party (STAR) to stand in Kepayan
state constituency for the coming poll.
Among, 44, who is also one of the vice chairmen fo the Sabah chapter of STAR has been going around in the mix seat, held by MCA's Edward Khoo in the dissolved assembly.
Khoo has been announced yesterday to defend Kepayan again for BN.
Among, meanwhile, is known for his philantropic style in helping his colleagues and the needy. He has also contributed generously to STAR the past one year, as well as much earlier to the United Borneo Front (UBF).
STAR Sabah Chairman Dr Jeffrey Kitingan is expected to announce the party's candidates line up for the May 5 poll at a function in Ming Garden tomorrow where its manifesto will also be launched.
In his statement today, Among said if he gets to be picked by STAR he would strive to resolve every issues that need to be resolved in Kepayan, taking into consideration the mix-race composition in the area.
"I know the issues affecting the Kadazandusuns there as i am one of them and i also could understand the plights of many of the Chinese and Sino there as my mother is a Sino who had had peculiar problems too," he said.
Kepayan though small in physical size it has a dense population as housings are sprucing up in the sub-urban constituency, added Among.
In the past elections, Kepayan is one of those with the highest number of contestants seeking to be its representatiove.
In fact in 2008 general election the opposition votes outnumbered Khoo's votes but he managed to win by-default by having the opposition votes split.
Unpertubed by the same scenario this time, Among has assembled a good team of mix-composition that have been going campaigning for him and STAR in Kepayan for the last 12 months.
"I hope i am given a chance to stand and eventually deliver what the Kepayan people aspired," he said.