PAS Youth has warned UMNO-owned New Straits Times to face large-scale demonstrations if the paper failed to issue an open apology over its headline on May 8 labeling Kelantan Menteri Besar Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat "father of kafir" (infidel).
In a memorandum handed to the paper's editorial office in Bangsar, the wing said the PAS Murshidul Am was not only a leader in Kelantan but also a respected religious figure.
"Articles such as this are aimed to provoke the people of Kelantan and Malaysians in general who support Tok Guru," said PAS Youth head Nasrudin Hassan.
Speaking to reporters at the NST office this morning, Nasrudin urged reporters to subscribe to ethical journalism.
The wing also said the paper must apologise within the next 24 hours.
"If NST remains stubborn, we will organise large scale protests throughout Malaysia," warned Nasrudin.
In the article on page 6, NST attributed the 'kafir' statement to former police inspector general Abdul Rahim Noor.
Rahim however denied that he had uttered the libelous remark, saying he had merely expressed disagreement about PAS as an Islamic party working together with DAP.
This followed an earlier denial by one of the journalists whose names are published in the article's byline, Rahmah Ghazali, who said she had nothing to do with either interviewing Rahim or writing the report.
Both denials have led to questions over who was behind the report, with one mainstream media journalist telling Harakahdaily that instances of top editors of local print dailies hiding behind rookie reporters in publication of pro-UMNO propaganda articles were 'not surprising'.