KOTA KINABALU: Tan Sri Harris Salleh should first check his facts before accusing PBS of selling Desa Cattle (S) Sdn Bhd, including its ranch in Australia.
PBS secretary-general Datuk Henrynus Amin in a statement yesterday, said based on his findings the Desa Cattle farm was in fact privatized through a management-by-out (MBO) long after PBS handed over power to Barisan Nasional in 1994.
He said: “I would agree with Tan Sri Harris Salleh that the relevant state ministry should elaborate on the reasons or circumstances leading to the sale of the state asset, but I am puzzled as to the real motive of the press report attributed to Tan Sri Harris Salleh by a reporter which said, ‘Desa Cattle farm, one of Sabah’s most prized assets, was sold by the PBS government when it was in power’.”
He said PBS understands and even supports Harris’ efforts and passions to promote rural agriculture but he sees nothing to gain for the former Chief Minister to go round spreading lies or discrediting PBS to justify his rule, 26 years after Berjaya’s defeat in 1985.
He said: “Whether or not Tan Sri Harris Salleh indeed made the statement as reported, PBS is demanding the facts to be corrected.”