Govt to take up Malaysian Indians issue

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) The Government today assured agitated members of the Rajya Sabha that it was in the process of taking up the issue of the ''objectionable'' statement made by a Malaysian Minister on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and the plight of Malaysians of Indian origin.

Making a statement in the House 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 The Ministry of External Affairs was taking up the issue with the authorities at the appropriate level, he said.

Earlier, members cutting across party lines showed their anger over the ''undiplomatic statement'' of a minister in the Malaysian government regarding a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by Mr Karunanidhi. The members rallied around Mr Shanmugha Sundaram, DMK after he raised the issue of Mr Nazir Aziz, a Malaysian minister, transgressing his limits by asking Mr Karunanidhi to stop issuing statements on ''Malaysia's internal affairs''.

Many members including S S Ahluwalia, BJP, Gyanadesikan, Congress and Mangni Lal Mandal joined issue, demanding that the Malaysian High Commissioner be summoned.


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