Mr. Modi, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur, attended the 13th ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nations) Summit and then the 10th East Asia Summit.
Modi arrived in Kuala Lumpur to attend two weekend summits and hold several bilateral meetings on the margins of the ASEAN Summit.
Modi also witnessed the signing of 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Establishment of ASEAN Community and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together.
The Indian PM Modi attended the East Asia Summit chaired by the Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak. The summit discussed matters such as global terrorism in the wake of ISIS attack on Paris, irregular migration, the maritime dispute in the South China Sea and the situation in the Korean Peninsula.
In his joint speech with Malaysian Prime minister Najib Razak he appreciated his leadership in combating extremism and rationalization in a multi ethnic country, which has 60-percent Muslim population.
The two countries agreed to intensify cooperation on security, make defence cooperation stronger, advance maritime security. He underlined the need of all the nations to come together and use military force/international legal systems to face the threat of terrorism. Pitching for a united global fight against terrorism.
Also emphasizing on the fact that there is need of enhanced cyber security as our lives are becoming more networked. He stated that internet should not become a recruiting ground for ISIS, while emphasising on need of more work within the society especially the youth to keep them from straying.
He met a 2 million strong Indian Diaspora in a community event as well. Over 15,000 people of Indian origin welcomed Modi at the Malaysian International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.The Prime Minister acknowledged the people of Tamil majority among the Indian diaspora in this southeast Asian nation by starting with the greeting, “Vanakkam”. A cultural extravaganza showcased the best of Indian and Malaysian talent; the evening highlighted the bond between the two nations. He has pitched India as an ideal investment destination and called for boosting regional connectivity.
While mentioning about merger of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards, the Indian PM said the minor children, who are foreign nationals, and foreign spouses can also get OCI status now. Besides, Indian-origin up-to fourth generation is enough for OCI now. Indian government has also introduced e-visa that has made travel simpler.
Mr. Modi announced that the Indian Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur would be named after veteran freedom fighter and commander of the Indian National Army Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. He also unveiled Swami Vivekananda statue in Malaysia.
PM Modi also announced the inauguration of Torana Gate at the entrance of Little India in Bricksfield, Kuala Lumpur. He said, “This is a gift of India, a labour of love for Prime Minister Najib. And, it will be a symbol of our timeless ties and the friendship between our people”.
On highlighting his govt’s achievement in India, he said that “We are eradicating poverty by giving our people the fruits of modern economy such as universal access to banks and insurance, not just tie them down to endless programs”. Modi expressed his interest in increased Malaysian participation in the expansion and the upgradation of infrastructure, Make in India, and Smart Cities projects.
Mr. Modi along with other leaders, signed the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on establishment of the ASEAN community and also the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on ASEAN 2025, a document called Forging Ahead Together.
Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome and a guard of honour at Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia, where he was greeted with a hug by Razak. He later left for Singapore on the second and last leg of his four-day visit to south-east Asia.