Malaysia hopes India, Pakistan to patch up

By RAHIMI YUNUS/ Pic By AFP

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Malaysia is hoping for India and Pakistan to resolve their differences peacefully following the recent escalation of military aggression as a result of territorial conflict in the region of Kashmir.

Dr Wan Azizah said the two neighbouring countries should approach the matter in a diplomatic manner to seek an amicable solution.

“We have a good relationship with both countries. Both prime ministers have visited Malaysia recently. Any differences should be resolved in good faith, diplomatically at a negotiation table,” she said at the launch of Yayasan Petronas in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

Last Wednesday, the longstanding confrontation between the nuclear-armed rivals erupted when both shot each other’s warplanes over the skies of Kashmir.

Pakistan said it downed two Indian jets in its airspace and captured two pilots, while insisting that it did not “want to go towards war” with its neighbour.

India confirmed the loss of one of its planes and said it had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet.

Pakistan was also set to release a captured Indian pilot back to Indian officials at the Wagah border crossing last Friday afternoon.

The South Asian countries have been in a territorial tussle over Kashmir for 70 years since independence, an area which is today partly controlled by India and Pakistan, as well as China.

Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah said Putrajaya is studying the possibility of allowing only children who have received immunisation to enrol in schools  amid active debates among the public on the need for vaccinations of children.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) launched Yayasan Petronas to streamline and broaden the group’s corporate social responsibility activities.

President and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said the incorporation of the Yayasan Petronas coincides and commemorates the company’s 45th anniversary.

“We are confident that the foundation will shape our community efforts to contribute to a sustainable welfare ecosystem that meets the current and future needs of societies,” he said.

Wan Zulkiflee said Yayasan Petronas is guided by the narrative of “Where Good Flourishes” which focuses on three areas: Education, community wellbeing and development, and environment.