Offensive remarks do not represent Indian government, says High Commission

KUALA LUMPUR: The offensive remarks made by individuals in India do not represent the Indian Government, says the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

In a statement on Tuesday (June 7), the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur responded to media queries on the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry regarding offensive remarks made against Prophet Muhammad by politicians in India.

It added that the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia had a meeting with the Foreign Ministry in Putrajaya, where concerns were raised about offensive Twitter posts by individuals in India.

“The High Commissioner conveyed that the offensive remarks do not, in any manner, represent the views of the Indian Government. We accord the highest respect to all religions,” said the High Commission.

It further said that strong action has been taken by concerned quarters against those who made the derogatory tweets.

It was reported that Malaysia had condemned derogatory remarks made against Prophet Muhammad by politicians in India and summoned the country’s High Commissioner.

“Malaysia welcomes the decision by the ruling party (in India) to suspend the party officials over their provocative remarks that has generated rage among Muslim Ummah,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

It added that Malaysia also called upon India to join hands in ending Islamophobia and cease any provocative acts in the interest of peace and stability.

Bernama reported that Malaysia was the latest to join in the chorus of condemnation against two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party officials over their blasphemous remarks as international outrage grows over the issue.

There has been condemnation within India as well. Following the outrage, India’s ruling BJP suspended the two leaders who made the incendiary remarks on television and social media.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq, the Maldives, Bahrain and Turkey are among countries where the Indian politicians’ comments have been condemned.