Malaysia PM chides lawmaker for saluting Hitler

The Associated PressJuly 10, 2014 

WCup Malaysia Soccer

FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers a keynote speech at the 20th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo. Razak on Thursday, July 10, 2014, chided a ruling party lawmaker for tweeting a salute to Adolf Hitler while praising Germany for making it to the World Cup final.

KOJI SASAHARA, FILE — AP Photo

— Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday chided a ruling party lawmaker for tweeting a salute to Adolf Hitler while praising Germany for making it to the World Cup final.

Bung Moktar Radin drew a flurry of criticism with his tweet: "Well done . Bravo . Long live Hitler ." after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday.

Najib called the remarks "unacceptable and wrong."

"He does not speak for Malaysia, or for ordinary Malaysians, who understand Europe's tragic past, and respect its modern unity," Najib said in a statement.

An opposition party called for the lawmaker to quit, and German Ambassador Holger Michael slammed the "unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler."

Bung Mokhtar, who earlier said he was commending the German team for "fighting like" the Nazi leader, issued an apology shortly after Najib's rebuke.

"When Germany whacked Brazil, I unintentionally said something that hurt" the feelings of the people in Germany, he tweeted, adding: "My sincerest apology. Long live Bung."

Some on social media said his apology was insincere.

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service