Joseph Pairin Kitingan Politician

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan (born 17 August 1940), is a Malaysian politician and was the seventh Chief Minister of Sabah, a state in Malaysia. He held the post from April 1985 to March 1994. Currently, he is the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure Development of Sabah and has held the post since March 2004. He is the founder and President of Parti Bersatu Sabah (Sabah United Party).Pairin was born in Papar. He attended La Salle Secondary School, an all-boys school, located in Kota Kinabalu. He won a Colombo Plan scholarship and went on to read law at the University of Adelaide and upon completing his study, he came back to Sabah to work as a State Counsel with the Sabah Legal Department and was later made Deputy Public Prosecutor. Subsequently, he practised law with a local legal firm. Joseph Pairin Kitingan is a Catholic, married to Genevieve Lee, a retired teacher. They have two sons, Alexander and Daniel, who are both trained lawyers.His brother Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan is also a politician, a former vice-president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) after being former member of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), Parti Angkatan Keadilan Rakyat (AKAR Bersatu), and United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) and finally Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) after the rejection of his application to join United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

Personal facts

Birth dateAugust 17, 1940
Birth place
Sabah , North Borneo , Papar Malaysia , Papar
Catholic Church



Huguan Siou (Paramount Leader)
Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA)
Parti Bersatu Sabah
Sabah People's United Front
Sakaran Dandai

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