Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has spoken out against the amended Citizenship Act of India, terming the CAA 'deadly'. Malaysia's PM said that people in India are dying because of this law and the law is dangerous for the lives of Indians. New Delhi, however, was quick to reply Mohamad and reject all his comments calling the information as 'factually inaccurate'. New Delhi has also asked the Malaysian PM to refrain from commenting over India's internal situations and developments.
Mahathir Mohamad had stated, "I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state, is now taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.” Mohamad said that if such a law would have been passed in Malaysia, there would have been chaos, instability and everyone would have suffered a lot. He said that there was no need to bring such a law when people have lived together for 70 years without any problem. “Already people are dying because of this law, so why is there a necessity to do this when all this while, for 70 years almost, they have lived together as citizens without any problems," said the Malaysian PM.
The Ministry of External Affairs in India has strictly taken up the matter and asked the Malaysian Prime Minister to be refrained from commenting inaccurate facts about India and its internal situations. Reacting to Mohamad's comments, the MEA said, “The Prime Minister of Malaysia has remarked on a matter that is entirely internal to India. The Citizenship Amendment Act provides for citizenship through naturalization to be fast-tracked for non-citizens who are persecuted minorities from three countries. The Act does not impact in any manner on the status of any citizen of India, or deprive any Indian of any faith of her or his citizenship.”
The MEA said that comment from Malayasian PM was factually inaccurate and he should not speak anything without a right understanding of the facts.