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Brouhaha over bra-ZIL tweet

The New Paper | Sunday, Jul 13, 2014

M'sia politician in Hitler tweet bungle, now...

The storm surrounding Malaysian politician Bung Mokhtar Radin looks set to rage on.

Although he apologised for a pro-Hitler remark made after Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil, he continues to receive flak.

He has even managed to spark a new controversy over his online reply to a Channel NewsAsia journalist.

Mr Bung's apology on Twitter read: "When Germany whacked Brazil, I unintentionally said something that hurt the feeling (sic) of the people in Germany. My sincerest apology. Long live Bung."

Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said Mr Bung must clarify his use of "long live Bung", as netizens would assume that he was being sarcastic, reported Malaysian Insider.

He also called on Mr Bung to remove another tweet, which had an image of a green bra next to the letters "ZIL", as it disparages women.

"His insults against women and earlier iconising a persona associated with evil reflects misogyny, while disdaining the sufferings, displacements and deaths of millions and millions of World War II victims," said Mr Chong.

Mr Bung had earlier responded to netizens who had flamed him by tweeting a picture captioned "Ssshhhhh… be quiet, don't make noise" in Malay.

He also told at least three others to "shut up", reported The Star.

Twitter user @syaqib said Mr Bung was "apologising by downgrading and telling people to shut up", while @JuanPabloTiga responded: "A true leader listens to the people and lays down his fat ego to be humble."

RESPONSE

Mr Bung had tweeted the bra image in a response to a query from the Channel NewsAsia journalist about the backlash to his "Hitler" tweet.

The Barisan Nasional Member of Parliament for the district of Kinabatangan in Sabah had tweeted after the Germany-Brazil match: "Well done... Bravo... Long Live Hitler."

Before the latest controversy on the "bra-ZIL" image, Malaysian PM Najib Razak had said on Twitter that Mr Bung's tweet was "unacceptable" and "wrong", and that the MP would withdraw his comments.

Mr Najib wrote: "He does not speak for Malaysia, or for ordinary Malaysians, who understand Europe's tragic past, and respect its modern unity."


This article was first published on July 11, 2014.
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