Malaysia, India aim to repair soured ties that hit palm trade
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and India will work on improving ties that soured under former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and badly affected palm oil trade between the countries, officials from both nations said on Sunday.
India is the world's biggest palm oil importer but its purchases from Malaysia, the second-biggest palm exporter behind Indonesia, dropped drastically in recent months after attacks on India's policies by Mahathir.
Malaysia swore in a new prime minister on Sunday after last week's resignation by the outspoken Mahathir, 94, after a power battle in his coalition go nment.
Wee Ka Siong, a lawmaker expected to gain a ministerial post, said that mending ties is a priority because Malaysian palm oil producers have been suffering because of India's effective ban on purchases.
"Can we just renegotiate? It’s for my country as well as for my people," Wee stated. "Since we are a new go nment, let the PM, the new go nment deal with it. We treasure the friendship with India."
An Indian official with knowledge of the matter said that New Delhi is also keen to improve bilateral ties, including palm oil trading, provided that Malaysia keeps out of India's domestic affairs.
India could also invite the new Malaysian prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, for a visit this year, the official said on the condition of anonymity.
India put refined palm oil and palmolein on its list of restricted items on January 8, a move sources said was in response to Mahathir's criticism of its actions in Kashmir and a new citizenship law.
Malaysia's January palm shipments to India tanked 85% from a year earlier to 46,876 tonnes, the lowest since 2011.
India accounted for nearly a quarter of Malaysia's total palm oil exports last year and has been the biggest buyer of Malaysian palm oil for five years.
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Dan Shaw • 15 hours ago
Bring Zakir Naik to trial in India before repairing relations.
Rajiv• 1 hour ago
That should be a precondition for any talks
Prathik Sagar • 14 hours ago
Palm is not healthy, better to continue this and shift to other oils
Mark Quinn• 1 hour ago
Olive oil of Spain is much healthier and is a much better choice. Spain will also offer special consideration to India since the volume is quite high.
Rachan• Cni • 43 mins ago
Palm oil is a saturated oil, avoid using it.
Kishor Basyal • 15 hours ago
Malaysia must first officially apologize for how much harm it has been doing to Bharat.
Gokulan • 15 hours ago
First you take our zakir Naik oil and hand over that terrorist to Us then we can talk about Palm oil.
Paadi Pantalu • 15 hours ago
By kicking out Mahathir Malaysia proved to be progressive country unlike other Islamic republics. Any renegotiation's precondition shall be to hand over Zakir
Uday Kalyan • Ind • 14 hours ago
India should agree for this only after Jakir Naik is handed over to India
Ravie • Chandigarh • 15 hours ago
Malaysia should first publically deplore statement / stand of ex-PM towards internal affairs of India like J&K.
Axomor Shivaprasad • 41 mins ago
Thats the power of BJP and Mr Modi.
Bhattji • 43 mins ago
Modi is India's pride!
Debasish • 15 hours ago
Malaysia must pay the price. They deliberately tried to interfere in the internal matter of India. gave mindless comments against India and its go nments. Malaysia must beg apology to India before India to resume normal relations with it.
Sarcastic Panda • 57 mins ago
If Malaysia wants good relations with India...start by handing over that scum Zakir Naik to India.
truthconscience81 • US • 15 hours ago
Will the new govt retract the earlier flawed policy of Mahathir? That is the question.
Mangesh • Mumbai • 1 hour ago
Don't let down our priority 1. Zakir Naik should bring back immediately. 2. No Intervention in India's Internal Affairs. 3. Malaysia should STOP supporting PAKISTAN.
If they agree with these condition then only start talking on balance bilateral trade.
N • Location • 15 hours ago
let old man not allowed to talk anymore on internal matters of India . Malaysia must take confidence building measures
Ketkee • Mumbai • 15 hours ago
soft power of India's purchase must be utilized wisely for betterment of india...... Malaysia must learn to resect India's interest
Kayveeala • 43 mins ago
India under Modi is a different country.
srijit v • 54 mins ago
Now the negotiations will be on our terms.
Michael G • 1 hour ago
Palm oil is very unhealthy and is cheapest oil used in biscuits cakes breads condensed mil tins etc.
Suarala • 15 hours ago
no we dont need to by palm oil from malaria they need to pay prize for supporting beggar country.
let their economy go in doldrums why should we care. instead stop all el ed cr RV ionic component and mineral oil from them.
narasarao • Hyd • 15 hours ago
With Mahathir gone, ties can only improve.
Venkatesh Venkatappa • 45 mins ago
Ask them to handover Zakir Naik and apologize for the damage they did
Sandeep Deshpande • Kolkata • 50 mins ago
Malaysia needs to stop it's support to Pakistan in FATF forum. Once it withdraws its support then ties will be repaired naturally
Manoranjan • 53 mins ago
Hopefully Malaysia would change its course for better under the new leadership.
Leon Fernandes • Mumbai • 1 hour ago
yes indeed. hope the ties between the 2 countries are back to normal. India shall not tolerate any say in it's internal matters.
Ashish • Mumbai • 1 hour ago
Just wait & watch...no need to rush into any deal with Malaysia....first let the new powers show that they truely value India as freinds otherwise let the indonesians supply palm oil
Frank • India • 1 hour ago
Mahatier, got his best lesson, from India. The new governament, should also extradate Nayak to India. With these two actions, India and Malaysia, can look forward to their old good relations. Indonesia is and will be a very good friend of India.
Never mess with Modi !!