Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has confessed that his country is too small to take any retaliatory action against India , and added that they have to find ways and means to overcome the problem. The reactions come in the wake of India boycotting palm oil imports.
Bengaluru: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been brought to his knees. All because of the consequence of his needless interference in India’s internal affairs.
As India boycotted purchase of palm oil from Malaysia, its economy has taken a hit.
Responding to the Indian punitive measure, the Malaysian PM said, “We are too small to take retaliatory action. We have to find ways and means to overcome that.”
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Malaysia happens to be the world’s second biggest producer of the oil in question. And when it comes to imports, India tops the charts. Last year, sources add, India bought 4.4 million tonnes of palm oil from Malaysia, accounting for 24% of all Malaysian palm oil exports.
Times of India added that Benchmark Malaysian palm futures fell nearly 10% last week, their biggest weekly decline in more than 11 years.
Malaysia is facing a terrible aftermath as India withdraws itself from buying the palm oil. Sources also add that India might add insult to injury as it is contemplating not buying microprocessors and set quality control order for telecom equipment.
The Malaysian PM had made caustic remarks about India abrogating articles 35A and 370.
He had gone to the extent of saying that “India has invaded and occupied Kashmir” at the United Nations General Assembly.
India had reacted strongly as the matter was and is purely an internal affair.
Close on the heels of this remark, the Malaysian Prime Minister embarrassed himself yet again.
In relation to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), he was reported to have said, “I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state, now is taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship. If we do that here, I do not know what will happen. There will be chaos and instability, and everybody will suffer."
Even a cursory glance at what the Malaysian Prime Minister reportedly said would exhibit his ignorance about the issue. As reiterated by the Indian government, the CAA is not to persecute or alienate any of the Indian citizens, including Muslims, but to grant citizenship to around 32000 Hindu migrants from Pakistan.
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