The politician has refused to apologize for the tweet, claiming the German team “fought” like Hitler in its 7-1 World Cup semifinal victory over Brazil.
A Malaysian member of Parliament, Bung Mokhtar Radin, has refused to apologize for a tweet that paid tribute to Adolf Hitler following the the 2014 World Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Germany, that saw saw Germany trash Brazil 7-1.
He tweeted “Well Done…Bravo…Long Live Hitler…” prompting instant condemnation and outrage from Malaysians and the Twitterverse.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with people sometimes. Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did,” he said Wednesday. This prompted the German ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, to tell TIME magazine “We strongly reject the distasteful and unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler”.
But Bung showed no remorse during a Wednesday interview with the Star. “I don’t know what’s wrong with people sometimes. Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did,” he said.
WELL DONE..BRAVO…LONG LIVE HITLER…
— Bung Moktar Radin (@MyKinabatangan) July 8, 2014
Bung added that the tweet was just for fun and suggested that everyone needed to get a better sense of humor.
“I think people nowadays should transform their mentality. Whatever I tweet people hit me. They are not hitting me because of Hitler, but because I am Bung Mokhtar,” he said. As the rest of the world wakes up, netizens are continuing to pour their outrage at the insensitive tweet.