Govt conveys concern to Malaysia, Acting HC summoned

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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) India has conveyed to Malaysia its concern over the developments in that country regarding the treatment of ethnic Indians.

The government summoned the Acting High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Foreign Office yesterday and conveyed to him India's feelings on the issue.

The Malaysian diplomat said it was an internal matter of his country but added that his government would do everything possible to handle the situation.

''We have drawn the attention of Malaysian authorities to widespread concern in India...We raised the issue with the Malaysian mission here. We were assured that they would do everything they can to deal with the situation,'' Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said at a press conference here today.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also said recently that any problems with Indian nationals or People of Indian Origin (PIOs) anywhere were a cause for concern.

He, however, did not elaborate.

Ethnic Indians in Malaysia, numbering about 1.5 million, have alleged discrimination in that country.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in a suo motu statement in Parliament on November 30, said the government remained ''deeply solicitous'' for the welfare of the People of Indian origin living abroad.

''...there is a large community of people of Indian origin in Malaysia who are citizens of that country. We have friendly relations with Malaysia and we are in touch with the Malaysian authorities in the related matter,'' he said.


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