"I never said they were involved in corruption.
"What I said to them was, you monitor the activities of your contractors, subcontractors, camp managers and workers to see that they are not involved in timber smuggling or illegal felling," he told a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly on Tuesday morning.
Adenan said some social media reports had misrepresented what he said during the signing of a corporate integrity pledge by the companies on Monday.
On his warning not to mess with him, Adenan said it was meant for those engaged in illegal logging and timber smuggling as well as some enforcement officers involved in such activities.
"I said don't mess with me because we are serious about this," he added.