Umno yesterday filed a letter of demand against PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali and the Islamic party's mouthpiece Harakah demanding an apology for dragging it into a sex video scandal.
The video, which is circulating on the Internet, depicted a man who looked like Mustafa having sex with a young woman. However Mustafa, through his lawyer Asmuni Awi, has denied that he was the man in the video.
Mustafa was subsequently reported to have blamed Umno over the sex video in a ceramah in Dungun which was published in Harakah.
Umno legal adviser, Mohd Hafarizam Harun said Mustafa was given 24 hours from yesterday to apologise to Umno.
"All the allegations were made without basis and we view it seriously as it was done in bad faith in an attempt to smear and tarnish the image of Umno, especially with the general election coming," he added.
Mustafa's statement 'defamatory'
Law firm of Hafarizam, Wan & Aisha Mubarak filed the action against Mustafa as his statement was published in major newspapers in Malaysia as well as the Malaysiakini website on April 13, said Hafarizam, as quoted in Umno-Online.
Hafarizam claimed Mustafa's statement was defamatory as it meant that Umno planned the video incident, that it was responsible for spreading such slander, that the party produced the video, and that it was allegedly behind the dirty scheme to bring the downfall of a political leader.
Harakah has confirmed receiving the letter of demand.
It was previously reported that the video has appeared in a number of pro-Umno blogs since Thursday.
Copies of the video in VCD format were also distributed to several homes in Besut, Terengganu, which the police had seized. They are investigating the matter.