Malaysian politician apologizes for Hitler tweet after Germany's World Cup win

Malaysian parliamentary member Bung Mokhtar Radin garnered international outrage after tweeting "Long live Hitler" following Germany's win over Brazil in the semi-final World Cup match on Tuesday. He has now apologized.
By JC Finley  |  July 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 10 (UPI) -- A Malaysian politician who took to Twitter after Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final, praising Hitler, has apologized.

On Thursday, Bung Mokhtar Radin, a member of Parliament, tweeted his apology: "When Germany whacked Brazil, I unintentionally said something that hurt the feeling of the people in Germany. My sincerest apology. Long live Bung.."

Bung sparked international outrage over his tweet on Tuesday which read: "Well done... Bravo... Long live Hitler."

In response to the backlash, Bung defended himself on his Twitter page, insisting the post-German win tweet was not done with malice and firing back at critics. In an interview with the Star Online, Bung said "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 ultimately issued an apology, perhaps by pressure from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who tweeted Thursday "The comments made by Datuk Bung Moktar are unacceptable and wrong, and he will withdraw them," adding Bung "does not speak for Malaysia, or for ordinary Malaysians, who understand Europe's tragic past, and respect its modern unity."

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