Proceeds to double down saying he “doesn’t know what’s with people” who think praising Hitler is a bad thing.
On Tuesday, Germany demolished the host nation Brazil in a 7-1 World Cup win that will go down in history. It was an astonishing victory for the Germans, and an epically humiliating loss for the Brazilians. For observers, it was at the very least remarkable.
After the game, Malaysian MP Bung Mokhtar Radin, a member of the dominant United Malays National Organization, decided to tweet to congratulate Germany.
He did so by congratulating Hitler. […]
Bung’s tweet has sparked a flurry of controversy in Malaysia. One rival politician said that Germany would have jailed Bung for his tweet, while Twitter users called the Malaysian MP “sick” and a “disgrace” for his comments. Germany’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, said that while his team appreciated the statement of support, they “strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler.”
The MP himself seems unrepentant. “I don’t know what’s wrong with people sometimes. Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did,” Bung told The Star Online. Given his reputation for controversy (he once called a rival a “big monkey” during a parliamentary debate and has some interesting thoughts about female drivers), it’s tempting to believe the tweet was simply trolling.