18 April 1998
Daily Express Sabah 'Aussi Northern Territory CM gets Datukship'. Sabah media reporting conferral of Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) Commander Order of Kinabalu on Chief Minister Shane Stone. There has been a long history of personal connections dating from the first NT Chief Minister Paul Everingham and Sabah Chief Ministers Datuk Harris bin Mohd Salleh and Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Shane Stone also had a second generation connection through his late father Les Stone with the family of Tun Fuad Stephens, the paramount leader of the Kadazandusun people (two main indigenous groupings in Sabah), former Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia and first and fifth Chief Minister of Sabah who played a pivotal role in bringing Sabah into the Federation of Malaysia at independence. Two of Stephen's children, Asgari and Fauziah resided at International House, the University of Melbourne where Shane was Director of Studies. Shane Stone's connection with Sabah's 10th Chief Minister YB Datuk Yong Teck Lee is well documented in the Archives.