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Govt in dilemma on pushing Malaysia

Indian Govt is in a dilemma over how much pressure it can exert on Malaysian Govt as it is an "internal matter" of another sovereign country, reports Nilova Roy Chaudhury.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2007 22:53 IST
Nilova Roy Chaudhury

The Centre is in a bind over how much pressure it can exert on Malaysia over the alleged discrimination against ethnic Indians in that country.

When the Malaysian Acting High Commissioner was handed a demarche of the Indian government's concern at South Block on Monday, he apparently responded that it was an internal matter of his country, and that the Malaysian Government would do "everything possible" to deal with it.

“We have drawn the attention of Malaysian authorities to widespread concern in India," Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told reporters. "We took up our concern over the situation (as a social issue) with the High Commission," Menon said. "We were assured that they would do everything they can to deal with the situation, which they describe as internal matter," Menon said.

"We accept that it is an internal problem," Menon said.

"There is just so much pressure we can exert," a senior official said on Tuesday. "We don't want (Malaysia) to turn around and say, if you're so concerned, you can have them back."

According to the official, many ethnic Indians, other than those affiliated to the Hindu Rights Action Force (HindRAF) have asked the Indian government to not get involved.