Wisma Putra aware of detentions of 17 Malaysian Tabligh members in India

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Wisma Putra has been informed of the detention of 17 Malaysian citizen Tabligh members by Indian authorities over their alleged involvement in visa abuse.

Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said, at the moment, Wisma Putra was in the process of identifying the problems and finding out the real story behind the issue, especially from the Government of India.

“In the context of visa misuse, the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi reported that 17 Malaysians have been detained under at least three acts, namely, the National Disaster Management Act – 2005, Foreigners Act 1946 and the Indian Penal Code,” he said at a recent special media conference on the latest development concerning Malaysians stranded overseas yesterday.

He said the ministry was very concerned and would ensure that those detained were in good condition.

“I hope that no one will politicise this issue, let alone link it to religious issues. This is because, it will not only cause numerous misunderstandings among the people, but it can also complicate the negotiation that Wisma Putra is working on with the Government of India.”