KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah footballer Matusin Bowie is among Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah’s (PBRS) five candidates who will contest in the Sabah state polls on Sept 26.
He will stand in the new state seat of Tulid in the Pensiangan parliamentary constituency.
Matusin was one of the players who made history under the Sabah team when they claimed the FA Cup in 1995.
He played alongside other big names in the state squad at the time, including Matlan Marjan, Khairul Azman Mohammad, Ong Kim Swee and Yap Wai Loon.
However, he was suspended by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for being involved in a match-fixing scandal.
Other players who received the same fate were Matlan, Junaidy Tuah, Gerard Mojiliu, G Raveychandran and Charles Tindi.
PBRS president Joseph Kurup said the party was given the trust by the BN leadership to contest in Matunggong, Tandek, Kadamaian, Sook and Tulid.
He called it an opportunity for PBRS to prove that it was one of the local parties accepted by all layers of the community.
Advising all members to work hard to ensure the party’s candidates win, he said: “We must accept the decision of the leadership, which has made the best assessment from all aspects.”
The party was confident its candidates would continue to protect the rights and interests of Sabahans, he added in a statement.