Malaysian official denies discrimination against Indians

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Chennai, Nov 30 (UNI) High Commissioner of Malaysia Mdm Norlin Othman today emphatically denied any discrimination against ethnic Indians in her country.

Talking to newspersons on the sidelines of a seminar on Trade and Investment Mission to India here, she said ''It is only that some sections of the media have wrongly projected the clashes between police and those of Indian origin.'' She refused to comment about the purported statement of Malaysian Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz asking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi not to interfere in his nation's politics.

''Since there is no official dialouge between both the countries, there no point in arguing on this matter,'' she said.

Malaysian Industrial Development Authority General Director R Karunakaran echoed similar views and said ''Indians are safe in Malaysia and in no way are discriminated.'' ''Some sections of the media have created the hype.If there is a problem, as an Indian, how can I work for the Malaysian Government?'' he asked.

When asked about the Malaysian Government's initiative to stop issuing visas from India, he said ''it is due to overstay of some people who came from here.'' ''It is a temporary rule and it has nothing to do with the current issue,'' he said.

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