Mr Arthur Kurup
Arthur’s professional qualifications are in law and economics. He graduated with a Bachelor and a Master of Laws specializing in International Trade from Bond University, Australia where he was on the Vice- Chancellor’s List of Academic Excellence. He then practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer in Australia before graduating with a Master of International Economics and Finance from the University of Queensland with the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.
Arthur then moved to Geneva where he worked in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), specializing in areas of customs tariffs and agricultural subsidies. At the WTO, he also served as a panelist for the National Taiwan University’s International Forum where he presented papers on the areas of competition laws and policies in international trade.
When Arthur returned to Malaysia in 2008, he worked in corporate finance where he was involved in cross- border mergers and acquisitions and advised on tariffs and debt restructuring. Arthur was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in the High Court of Borneo in 2010 where he practices in the areas of commercial and administrative law.
Arthur has always been passionate about politics and socio and economic development, having always been involved in community activities through rural development programs to improve community relationships through sports, and advocating for better education and employment opportunities for rural youth. Arthur believes that equal opportunity; especially access to quality education and fair distribution of development funds is the right of every citizen of his country regardless of ethnicity or religion.
Arthur decided to advocate his ideals through politics. In 2012, Arthur was elected as Youth Chief and Vice- President of the Sabah United People’s Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, after serving in the Party’s Youth Council for several years in charge of economic and education bureaus. He became the youngest Youth Chief amongst all the political parties in Malaysia.
In 2013, he was appointed as a Supreme Council Member of the ruling National Coalition Party. He is the youngest to sit on the Supreme Council and currently heads the Bureau on young and middle class professionals and serves as a member of the National Steering Committee, which discusses laws and policies on economic and social issues before they are presented to Federal Cabinet and Parliament. He is also National Vice-Chairman of the ruling party’s Youth Council.
Arthur was invited to speak at the 2014 International Youth Leaders Assembly held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where he spoke about youth leadership. He was recently appointed a Justice of the Peace by the Governor of the State of Sabah in October 2014 in recognition of his leadership and public contributions to the state.