India and Malaysia since a long time share good and friendly relations. They are also connected with each other by various cultural and historical ties that date back to antiquity. In addition they share excellent economic, educational and security relations as well. When in November 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Malaysia he highlighted the issue of terrorism as being the biggest threat to the world and urging for a global support to fight against it. The visit of Najib Razak to India has taken Indo-Malaysian relations to a higher level, where both the countries agreed to cooperate to defeat Islamic state. Both the prime ministers announced that their countries would enhance cooperation in several fields including terror fighting in the region and the growing threat of radicalisation and extremism. Najib Razak during the talks with India further extended its support to India for a greater role in the maritime security of the Asia-Pacific region.
“Malaysia and India will collaborate to battle the IS [Islamic State] and manage radicalisation. We will likewise impart our experience of de-radicalisation to India. We plan to hold a major conference on de-radicalisation together,” Prime Minister Razak said amid his announcement to the media at Hyderabad House, clarifying that India and Malaysia ties are at a “historic high”. He also expressed his support for a more prominent synergy with India on the security front underlining the importance of maritime domain and also appreciated India’s role in the maritime security of the Asia-Pacific region.
Both sides consented to arrangements on air benefits, sports, Human resource, palm oil production and research, and mechanical advancement. An agreement that will permit India to construct a fertilizer plant in Malaysia was also signed. A bi-lateral statement issued by the India-Malaysia CEO’S forum accentuated the requirement for visa-free travel for Indians and Malaysians as travel and tourism in both nations add to their economical development. “Moreover, Malaysia ought to support and champion the presentation of the ASEAN common visa for travellers from outside the locale, including India,” the statement said. It is also highlighted that Malaysia would introduce and propagate Ayurveda and Siddha practitioners in their country.
The ties between India and Malaysia are of great importance as it would benefit both the countries and will further the unified bond between them will make them stronger against the rival countries as well as the much discussed issue of terrorism. India looks for such major support from other friendly nations too, making it a globally strong country and a strong challenge for terrorism.