India has conveyed strong protest to Malaysia over Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad’s comments on India’s internal matters.
Sources said, the Malaysian Charged ’Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs today in order to lodge a solemn protest over the remarks made by the Malaysian Prime Minister in Kuala Lumpur.
It was conveyed that such remarks are neither in keeping with accepted diplomatic practice of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, nor with the state of bilateral relations. It was also conveyed that such remarks are both ill-informed and insensitive. Malaysia was asked to take a long-term and strategic view of the bilateral relations.
External Affairs Ministry had yesterday termed the Malaysian Prime Minister’s comment on Citizenship Amendment Act as factually inaccurate. It said the Act provides for citizenship through naturalization to be fast-tracked for non-citizens who are persecuted minorities from three countries. The Act does not impact in any manner on the status of any citizen of India, or deprive any Indian of any faith of her or his citizenship.