PM questions India’s new law on citizenship


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Dec 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says India’s recently approved citizenship law is regrettable as it is discriminatory to Muslims.

The Prime Minister said he was sorry to see that India, despite being a secular state, was acting to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.

“Already people are dying because of this law, so why is there a necessity to do this thing when all this while, for 70 years almost, they have lived together as citizens without any problems?

“If we do that here, you know what will happen.

“There will be chaos, there will be instability and everyone will suffer, ” he told reporters after visiting the media centre at the Kuala Lumpur Summit yesterday.

India’s Parliament recently passed a law offering citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia granted citizenship rights to the Chinese and Indian communities living in the country.

Paying attention: Dr Mahathir listening to speakers during the plenary session entilted “Advance High-Tech” in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. — BernamaPaying attention: Dr Mahathir listening to speakers during the plenary session entilted “Advance High-Tech” in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. — Bernama

“We have accepted the Indians who came to this country, and the Chinese.

“We gave them citizenship even when they did not qualify and they are all in the government, ” he said.

On US President Donald Trump’s impeachment, he believes that even Republicans felt that Trump was the wrong person to lead their country.

“The impeachment is a judgment of Congress, which are mostly Democrats.

“However, I’m quite sure even Republicans feel that he is the wrong leader, that he has breached their rules and laws and also their Constitution, ” he said.

On Cuepacs president Adnan Mat asking the government to set the minimum wage at RM1,800 for civil servants, Dr Mahathir retorted:

“That is fine, we can pay (the RM1,800). Then all the tomyam shops will be closed because no one can afford to pay wages.”

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