A Malaysian member of parliament is receiving widespread criticism after he tweeted "long live Hitler" in response to Germany's win over Brazil Tuesday at the World Cup.
"WELL DONE..BRAVO...LONG LIVE HITLER..." Bung Moktar Radin tweeted to his 22,000 followers shortly after Germany's 7-1 win.
His tweet was instantly met with outrage and made headlines in national newspapers, but Mr. Bung has remained defiantly unapologetic, BBC reported.
The tweet still remained on the controversial MP's profile by Wednesday morning, as he lashed out at critics in Malay and broken English.
He told Malaysian newspaper The Star that people need to lighten up, and that he simply meant to compare the German team's performance to how Hitler fought in WWII.
"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. "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."
Germany's ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, said the embassy "strongly rejects" Mr. Bung's comments.
"While we appreciate the admiration for the German football team, we strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler," he told The Malay Mail.
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