Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday said he feels sorry that his remarks on Kashmir affected India-Malaysia relationships, though he was not offering apologies for the impact of his contentious remarks on the Kashmir at UN General assembly.
“I offer no apology for what I had said though I am sorry that it had affected our palm oil export to India. I don’t know if that is a high price to pay for speaking out against such injustices,” he said in a tweet.
“What transpired since my contentious speech at the UN General Assembly in September last year only served to prove that what I had said were mild and to a certain degree, restrained,” he added.
In September 2019, Mahathir Mohamad, who was then the Prime Minister, raised the Kashmir issue during his speech at the UN General Assembly. India had rejected the references saying it is an integral and inalienable part of India.
Meanwhile, Twitterati from across the world has lashed out against the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for raising the Kashmir issue in one of his tweets on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370.
He tweeted, “Now that I am no more the Prime Minister, I take it that I can now speak without restrain and address the Kashmir issue without threats of boycotts and such. At Kashmir’s one year lockdown since 5th August”!
Mahathir’s comment on Kashmir was criticised by Twitterati who lashed out at him for not speaking about human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims.