Malaysians advised to avoid protest areas in India

  • Nation
  • Friday, 20 Dec 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians residing in or intending to travel to India are advised to avoid protest areas and follow instructions issued by the authorities, said Wisma Putra.

This came about after protests broke out in the northeastern states, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and India-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement yesterday, Wisma Putra advised Malaysians residing in or intending to travel to the affected areas to be vigilant.

Malaysians requiring consular assistance could seek out the High Commission of Malaysia in New Delhi at 50-M, Satya Marg Chanakyapuri 110021 New Delhi, or call +91 112 415 9300, +91 931 915 0306 (after working hours) and e-mail

India’s top court on Wednesday issued a notice to the country’s federal government over a controversial new citizenship law that triggered massive nationwide protests.

The law aims at granting citizenship to illegal immigrants belonging to six religions – Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Parsi and Christianity – from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

However, it has kept out Muslim immigrants from applying for citizenship.

It was reported that with the new law, the government would grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants who had entered the country illegally until Dec 31,2014.

People in the northeastern states fear that granting of citizenship to immigrants would endanger their status. — Bernama

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