KUALA LUMPUR: Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has expressed concerns over reports of plans in India to restrict imports of Malaysian palm oil and at the same time defended himself for voicing out against New Delhi’s policies on Kashmir and its controversial citizenship law.
“We’re concerned of course because we sell a lot of palm oil to India. But on the other hand, we need to be frank and say when something goes wrong,” he told reporters today.
“If we allow things to go wrong and think only about the money, then a lot of things will go wrong,” the prime minister said at an event where he witnessed Bank Rakyat’s management staff taking an integrity pledge.
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government was seeking to target Malaysia after Mahathir’s recent criticism of India.
It was reported last year that Mahathir said India invaded and occupied Kashmir following a military crackdown on the Muslim majority region.
Mahathir hit out at the BJP government over a new citizenship law seen as discriminating Muslim migrants in December.
Events in India were causing a lot of unhappiness among its people, the Prime Minister said. “And the whole world feels that it’s wrong to discriminate,” he said.