Bernama quoted Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman as saying Sabah's datukship is only for those who deserve it based on their contributions to the state or country.
"We will ensure only those who deserve will get the award," he told reporters after officiating the Nadwah Nuzul Quran here Wednesday.
He was commenting on the statement made by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim Tuesday of some people having allegedly paid money for their datukship.
"So, there is no question of buying datukship, especially in Sabah," he said.
Asked whether it happened in the past, Musa who took over the chief ministership on March 27 this year, said, "That, no comment."
For Musa to make such a statement, he is either
1. misled by his men
2. out of the Sabah and does not know the reality that is happening
3. has something to hide and trying to protect those unqualified Datuks
If it is not a secret that datukships could be bought and lobbied in Sabah, Musa's statement came as a big joke.