Pairin Denies Having Acted Like Dictator In Approving
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- Parti
Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan
has denied Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) (Parti Maju Sabah)
president Datuk Yong Teck Lee's allegation that he acted
like a dictator with regard to the approval of the Forest
Management Units (FMU) licence to the KTS Group of Sarawak
in the early 1990s.
Pairin, who is deputy chief minister-cum-infrastructure
development minister, said the allegation was baseless and
aimed at gaining political mileage.
He said the approval of the first FMU licence to the company
was done in a proper manner.
"I had consulted and sought the views of the state
director of forestry department at that time before the
issuance of the FMU licence...this was not without the knowledge
of the then-state cabinet," he told reporters when
met at the infrastructure development ministry's Hari Raya
Aidilfitri gathering in Sembulan near here Friday.
Pairin was asked to comment on a statement by Yong yesterday,
that the first ever FMU Licence was issued to the KTS Group
of Sarawak in early 1990s without any reference to the state
On another allegation by Yong that PBS was made use of
by Umno to attack SAPP politically, Pairin said this was
mere heresay aimed at tarnishing PBS image.
"If we talk about politics, there is also a story
going around that SAPP has become the mouthpiece of the
DAP and PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat)," he said.