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Wisma Putra issues travel advisory for M’sians going to India amid violent protests

Wisma Putra issues travel advisory for M’sians going to India amid violent protests

PUCHONG: The Malaysian government yesterday urged its citizens to exercise “high degree of caution” while travelling to India, which has witnessed widespread violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Last week, the US, the UK, Singapore, Canada, and Israel had warned their citizens against travelling to northeast India in view of the violent protests against CAA.

According to the controversial legislation, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who entered India by December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution in their home countries can apply to become Indian citizens.

Demonstrations against the new Act are taking place in parts of the country. Some have turned violent. Three have been reported killed so far.

“The Ministry wishes to advise Malaysians residing in or intending to travel to the affected areas to be vigilant and give utmost priority to their personal safety and security.

“They are therefore advised to avoid protest areas and follow instructions issued by the relevant authorities,” the statement said.

Travellers are urged to reconsider their travel to Assam (except Guwahati), Nagaland, Manipur, Chhattisgarh and the border areas of neighbouring states. The advisory refers to the reported public protests in the northeastern states, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and India-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday termed violent protests across the country against the CAA as “unfortunate and deeply distressing”, and appealed to the people to stay away from rumour-mongering and not let “vested interests” divide the society.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi also assured that the amended citizenship law does not affect any Indian of any religion.

Malaysians requiring consular assistance may contact the High Commission of Malaysia in New Delhi as per the details below:

HIGH COMMISSION OF MALAYSIA IN NEW DELHI

50-M, Satya Marg

Chanakyapuri

110021 New Delhi

Tel       : +911124159300

               +919319150306 (after working hours)

Email  : mwdelhi@kln.gov.my              

By: Hema Subramaniam