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Malaysia PM cautions UMNO following tweet controversy

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday cautioned all his party members about what they post on social media, after member Bung Moktar Radin's tweet on a World Cup match sparked controversy.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also the leader of political party UMNO, on Friday cautioned all his members about what they post on social media, following the uproar caused by an UMNO MP's tweet.

On Wednesday, Sabah MP Bung Moktar Radin made global headlines for tweeting "Long Live Hitler", following Germany's win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal match.

The post praising the leader of Nazi Germany sparked a torrent of backlash on social media, even prompting a statement condemning his actions from Najib.

But despite calls for Bung to be sacked, Najib said no further disciplinary action will be taken.

"He knows our stance, if you make a statement you can't be in contradiction with the principles and foundations of the party. We have acknowledged his error openly, that is quite a serious reprimand," said Najib.

Despite initially lashing out at his critics, Bung on Thursday apologised and retracted his comments.

But the nature of his apology left some questioning his sincerity, as he tweeted: "When Germany whacked Brazil, I unintentionally said something that hurt d feeling of d ppl in Germany. MY SINCEREST APPOLOGY (sic). LONG LIVE BUNG.."

In response, he told Channel NewsAsia: "That is my hashtag - Long Live Bung. Of course you can say long live yourself, there's no problem. I don't know what's wrong with that.”

Bung added he felt he was being unfairly targeted online.

"That's why I feel they always say negative (things) no matter what I say... I apologise to anybody who feels hurt," he said.

Bung is not a stranger to controversy.

In 2007, he caused outrage among women's groups after referring to an MP's menstruation cycle during a parliamentary debate. 

Last month, a Malaysian student lodged a police report against Bung for alleged racist remarks.

But Bung told Channel NewsAsia his comments were not made to garner attention. 

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