Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said on Wednesday he would not bow to pressure and resign as the Kelantan menteri besar.
“It is not probable that I should resign just because 200 naughty boys demanded so under a teak tree at the doors of the state administrative building,” he said in a statement, referring to the demonstration yesterday by the so-called Jemaah Rakyat Prihatin Kelantan (JRPK) at the building calling for his resignation.
The protestors had also demanded that he withdraw his statement calling on the people of Kelantan to pray for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s downfall if the federal government did not pay oil royalty to the state.
Video of demonstration demanding Nik Aziz to resign
Nik Aziz, who is the PAS Spiritual Leader, said he would neither withdraw that statement nor apologise to Najib as demanded by the group.
“Why must I take heed of the demand by these not even 200 Umno boys to apologise when the Umno president (Najib) himself as the Number One has not asked me to apologise or retract my statement?” he asked.
Najib had said he would not ask Nik Aziz to apologise but added that he could not understand why such a statement had to be made because the federal government had helped the Kelantan government by providing a compassionate fund and allocation of more than RM7 billion under the Ninth Malaysia Plan despite the state being administered by PAS.
The prime minister had also said that Nik Aziz should realise that Muslims regarded the intention to pray for the downfall of others as something extreme and not reflective of the spirit of Islam. — BERNAMA