Keningau will become a metropolitan city in 2025 with the implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) Middle Corridor, said the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Keningau parliamentary seat, Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, on Saturday. “I am confident under the BN Government leadership, Keningau will become a metropolitan city in 18 years,” he said when officiating a meet- the-people session at Kampung Baru in Bingkor here. Keningau would become a producer of agricultural products and have modern infrastructures, world- class education and tourism facilities as well as the biggest bio-technology producer in the country, he said. Pairin who is also the Deputy Chief Minister and Rural Development Minister, is confident that the SDC Middle Corridor would change the physical and economic landscape of the Upper Interior. He said the people from Keningau, Tambunan, Nabawan, Tenom, Sook, Kemabong and Pagalungan with a majority population of Kadazandusun Murut, would enjoy all the development opportunities provided and implemented by the BN Government in their districts. “The Prime Minister has targeted to eradicate poverty by the year 2010. It can be achieved through the various developments planned and brought by the Government,” he said. Meanwhile, Pairin invited the people to attend the SDC roadshow which is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the community centre here on March 5. Pairin who is also the PBS president, is challenged by his younger brother, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan from PKR and Peter Kadau from DAP in Keningau while for the Tambunan state seat, the Keningau BN chairman is facing a three-cornered fight with Moses Michael Iking from PKR and independent candidate Francis Koh Kui Tze.