Multi-cultural Malaysia can handle ethnic issues: PM

"Like India, Malaysia is multi-cultural and multi-ethnic…,” the prime minister said at a joint press interaction in the administrative capital Putrajaya with his counterpart Najib Tun Razak. He added he was confident Malaysia had the “built-in flexibility" to deal with the ethnic issue.

The Prime Minister's observation came in response to a question on whether the two leaders had discussed the issue of Indian origin communities in Malaysia and the perception that the community had a sense of being left out.

While Manmohan Singh was more expansive, Malaysian Prime Minister Razak was to the point. “This is purely a domestic matter for Malaysia,” he said, stating curtly that the matter was not discussed by them in their bilateral talks.

People of Indian origin account for 2.1 million or eight percent of Malaysia's population. Most of them are Tamils and Hindus.

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