The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation (Mapim) has urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to not relent to India over his recent remarks on the Jammu Kashmir conflict, made at the United Nations' General Assembly in New York. - NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation (Mapim) has urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to not relent to India over his recent remarks on the Jammu Kashmir conflict, made at the United Nations' General Assembly in New York.

Its president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said they were in full support of the prime minister’s stand on the issue.

“Dr Mahathir's call was reasonable and make sense. We feel that the people of Kashmir had benefited from the resolution of the United Nations, and all we are saying is that we should all abide, not just India and Pakistan, but even the United States of America and other countries,” he said in a statement.

He said for Malaysia, as a trading nation, places a large degree of importance on the market.

“But as a free nation, the move in calling for a peaceful negotiation and based on a UN agreed resolution must be respected. We call upon Dr Mahathir to stay his ground and not waver,” he said,


Mapim president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid. - NSTP/MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

Azmi said the Kashmir issue transcends the borders of Pakistan and Kashmir, and is an issue within the ambit of the UN and as such, the UN should negotiate to resolve the conflict.

“India cannot be arrogant and shun the call, and ignore the UN Resolution 47. We affirm that it is necessary to speak out on world issues, without fear or favour.

“Having a strained relationship because of different views on a legitimate right of the disputed territory of Kashmir, cannot be perceived as an excuse to have an attitude of animosity towards a country,” he said.

Launching a trade war, he said, is uncalled for.

“India's threat may be a concern, but we believe that any action will have a reaction.

“India cannot take a simplistic action but it should be prepared to bear the consequences of a response from local consumers in Malaysia,” he said.