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Malaysian crackdown on Indians worries PM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 30
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed India’s concern about the crackdown on peaceful protests by ethnic Indians in Malaysia and assured to take up the issue with Kuala Lumpur.

“Whenever Indian citizens abroad or people of Indian origin are adversely affected, its a cause for concern, “Dr Singh told mediapersons here today at a joint press conference with the leaders of the European Union. The Prime Minister refused to offer any other comment as external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee made a statement in Parliament.

“I am in touch with the Malaysian Government. We are going to take up the issue with them,” Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha responding to questions on the issue.

Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha during the zero hour, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Suresh Pachauri said the country was concerned about the plight of Malaysians of Indian origin and the MEA was taking up the matter with authorities at the appropriate level in Malaysia.

Earlier, agitated members from all sides expressed their anger over the “undiplomatic statement” of a Malaysian minister pertaining to a letter written by Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi to the Prime Minister.

Reports said at least 80 ethnic Indians were charged in Malaysia early this week for taking part in a rally last Sunday demanding equal rights for the Malays. Indians comprise eight per cent of Malaysian population.

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