Malaysian PM stands by Kashmir comment despite India palm oil ban (AlJazeera)

shumayun

Senator (1k+ posts)


Is the world seeing the emergence of yet another trade war? According to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the boycott by Indian traders of one of his country's top exports amounts to just that.

But despite the unprecedented request by India's top vegetable oil trading body to its members to stop buying Malaysian palm oil, Mahathir on Tuesday stood by his recent comments on the disputed region of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Mahathir said he would not retract his criticism of New Delhi's decision to revoke Kashmir's autonomy.

"We speak our minds, and we don't retract or change," Mahathir told reporters outside parliament on Tuesday. "What we are saying is we should all abide by resolutions of the [United Nations]. Otherwise, what is the use of the UN?"

On August 5, India imposed restrictions on people's movements and communications in Kashmir to quell unrest there, calling it an internal matter and criticising countries that have spoken out against the move.

Mahathir said last month at the United Nations that India had "invaded and occupied" Jammu and Kashmir and asked New Delhi to work with Pakistan to resolve the issue.

The UN Security Council adopted several resolutions in 1948 and in the 1950s on the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, including one which says a plebiscite should be held to determine the future of the region.

Pakistan and India both control parts of Kashmir, but each lays claim to the entire region since the countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over the region.

The latest impasse could exacerbate what Mahathir described as a trade war between the world's second-biggest producer and exporter of palm oil and its biggest buyer so far this year.

Mahathir said Malaysia would study the impact of the boycott called by the Mumbai-based Solvent Extractors’ Association of India and look at ways to address the issue.

New Delhi has so far refused to comment on the trade dispute with Malaysia.

'Trade is a two-way thing'
"This is not the Indian government, so we have to find out how we can communicate with these people, because trade is a two-way thing and it is bad to have what amounts to a trade war," Mahathir said.

Malaysian palm oil futures slipped on Tuesday over concerns that demand from India would fall.

India was Malaysia's third-largest export destination in 2018 for palm oil and palm-based products worth 6.84 billion Malaysian ringgit ($1.63bn).

Malaysia's total exports to India were worth $10.8bn in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, while imports totalled $6.4bn, according to Indian government data.

Malaysia said last week it was considering raising imports of raw sugar and buffalo meat from India, in a bid to ease the trade tensions.

India, the world's biggest importer of edible oils, also buys palm oil from Indonesia as well as soybean oil from Argentina and Brazil, and sunflower oil from Ukraine.

 
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Bilal Raza

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)


کوالالمپور: ملائیشیا کے وزیراعظم مہاتیر محمد نے کشمیر پربھارتی قبضے سے متعلق بیان واپس لینے سے انکارکردیا ۔بھارت کی جانب سے ملائشین پام آئل کی خریداری روکنے کا اعلان ۔

ملائیشیا کے وزیراعظم مہاتیرمحمد نے مسئلہ کشمیر پر اقوام متحدہ میں بھارتی قبضے سے متعلق کشمیر پر بیان واپس لینے سے ایک بار پھر انکار کردیا۔ مہاتیر محمد کاکہنا ہے کہ اگر یو این اے کی قراردادوں پر عمل ہونا ہی نہیں تو پھر ادارے کا کیا جواز ہے ۔دوسری جانب بھارت نے ملائشیا سے پام آئل کی خریداری روکنے کا اعلان کردیا ہے ۔ ملائیشین وزیر اعظم مہاتیر محمد نے 27 ستمبر میں جنرل اسمبلی سے خطاب میں بھارت کی کشمیر پالیسی پر تنقید کی تھی جس پر بھارت نے ناخوشی کا اظہار کیا تھا اور پام آئل سمیت ملائیشین مصنوعات کے بائیکاٹ کا عندیہ دیا تھا۔ پیر کو ہندوستان میں خوردنی تیل کی برآمدات کی بڑی تنظیم نے اپنے تاجر ممبروں سے کہا کہ وہ ملائیشین پام آئل کی خریداری بند کردیں۔بھارت کے اس اقدام سے ملائشیا کی معیشت کو نقصان پہنچے گا۔تاہم ملائشین وزیراعظم نے پریس کانفرنس میں کہا کہ ملک کی پام آئل ایکسپورٹ منڈیوں میں سے کسی ایک کھونے کے باوجودبھی ملائشین وزیر اعظم تنازعہ کشمیر سے متعلق اپنے تاثرات سے پیچھے نہیں ہٹیں گے نہ ہی ان میں کوئی تبدیلی نہیں کریں گے۔ انڈونیشیا کے بعد ملائیشیا پام آئل پیدا اور برآمد کرنے والا دوسرا بڑا ملک ہے ۔ 2018 میں بھارت ملائیشین پام آئل کا تیسرا بڑا درآمد کنندہ تھا۔

درآمدہ شدہ پام آئل کی مجموعی مالیت 163 کروڑ ڈالر تھی۔ گزشتہ برس ملائیشیا کی خام قومی پیداوار میں پام آئل سیکٹر کا کردار 2.8 فیصد اور مجموعی برآمدات میں 4.5 فیصد حصہ تھا۔



 

ranaji

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
کھسروں اور حرامیوں می کوئی غیرت نہیں اور حرام زادے خنزیرکے نطفے فلسطینی جن کی خا طر پاکستان نے بوہت سے ملکوں سے اپنے تعلقات خراب کئے ہر فورم پر آواز اٹھائی ہڑتالیں کی جلوس نکالے اقوام متحدہ می قرار دادیں پیشی کیں وہ خنزیر کے غلیظ نطفے مودی کو اپنی ما کا خصم بنا کر اسکو اپنی ماں پیش کر کے دلا گیری کر کے کشمیریوں کے قاتل مودی کو ایوارڈ دیتے ہیں ان حرام زادوں کو تو اگر اسرائیل انکو ابّ کتے موت مارے گا تو کسی کو افسوس نہیں ہوگا انکی اوقات یہی ہے جو حرام زادے ہمارے کشمیریوں کے قاتل کو اپنی ماں کا خصم بنا کر ایوار ڈ دیتے ہیں انکو اسرائیل کسی کتے کی موت مارنے کا جائز حق رکھتا ہے باسٹرڈ فلسطینی
 

Ratan

Senator (1k+ posts)
Mahathir, thank you for siding with justice. Coward India can go to any length time & again it has given us proof.
Fascist-Racist-Hindu Fundamentalist Fanatic Modi & his RSS-BJP already exposed to the world.
 

Siasi Jasoos

Minister (2k+ posts)

KUALA LUMPUR (Web Desk) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday stood by his criticism of India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy and expressed, “We speak out our minds and we don’t retract or change”.

Mahathir said last month at the United Nations that India had "invaded and occupied" Jammu and Kashmir and asked New Delhi to work with Pakistan to resolve the issue.

India had strongly criticized Mahathir’s remarks at the UN General Assembly last month that Jammu and Kashmir had been “invaded and occupied”, saying the Malaysian government should desist from making such comments.

“We speak out our minds and we don’t retract or change,” Mahathir said during a news conference outside Parliament.

“We felt the people of Kashmir had benefited from the resolutions of the UN, and all we are saying is that we should all abide (by the resolutions). Otherwise, what’s the good of having the UN?”

India says Kashmir is a bilateral issue to be handled with Pakistan and has also ruled out third party mediation on the Kashmir issue despite Prime Minister Imran Khan and the US President Donald Trump‘s effort to resolve the issue peacefully.

Mahathir acknowledged his remarks at the UN had strained diplomatic ties between Malaysia and India, and described the current situation as a “trade war” between the world’s biggest exporter of palm oil and India.

Mahathir said it was sometimes necessary to speak out on issues. “Malaysia is a trading nation, we need markets and so, we are nice to people. But also, we have to speak up for people. So, sometimes what we say is liked by some and disliked by others,” he said.

Mahathir said Malaysia would study the impact of the boycott called by the Mumbai-based Solvent Extractors’ Association of India and look at ways to address the matter. “This is not the Indian government, so we will have to find out how we can deal and communicate with these people, because trade is a two-way thing and it’s bad having what amounts to a trade war,” he added.


 
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