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World Cup: Malaysian politician apologises for 'Hitler' tweet

Mr Bung Mokhtar Radin says sorry after referencing dead dictator in wake of Germany-Brazil semi-final, a move which drew a sharp rebuke from PM Najib Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR: Mr Bung Mokhtar Radin, a member of the UMNO supreme council in Malaysia, on Thursday (July 10) apologised for an insensitive tweet sent out in the wake of the Germany-Brazil World Cup semi-final. The tweet had drawn widespread criticism from the public and even Prime Minister Najib Razak.

After Germany had defeated Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final on Wednesday morning, Mr Bung tweeted: "Long live Hitler".

Mr Bung on Thursday took to Twitter to apologise and withdraw his comments, saying: "When Germany whacked Brazil, I unintentionally said something that hurt d feeling of d ppl in Germany.MY SINCEREST APPOLOGY.LONG LIVE BUNG.." (sic)

The original controversial tweet has not been deleted as of 12.50pm on Thursday.


Among the brickbats he drew were a series of tweets from Mr Najib.

"The comments made by Datuk Bung Moktar are unacceptable and wrong, and he will withdraw them," the Prime Minister posted on Thursday.

“He does not speak for Malaysia, or for ordinary Malaysians, who understand Europe’s tragic past, and respect its modern unity. This should be a time of celebration for Germany, and we wish them all the best in the final.”

On Wednesday, German's Ambassador to Malaysia released the following statement: "While we appreciate the admiration for the German football team, we strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler."

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