His name is Bung Mokhtar Radin and he is a member of the Malaysian Parliament who is also a Muslim. After Germany resoundingly defeated Brazil in a World Cup match between the two teams, Bung “Hole” Moktar sent out the following tweet:
If there is group of people who consistently show reverence for Hitler, it’s Muslim fundamentalists. It can therefore be better understood why it’s so difficult for them to see why Hitler is rejected, not embraced. Bung “Hole” certainly couldn’t grasp the problem after being confronted about his tweet:
The MP himself seems unrepentant. “I don’t know what’s wrong with people sometimes. Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did,” Bung told The Star Online. Given his reputation for controversy (he once called a rival a “big monkey” during a parliamentary debate and has some interesting thoughts about female drivers), it’s tempting to believe the tweet was simply trolling.
The Washington Post made an interesting observation that regardless of how notorious Hitler is, it’s odd for anyone to call for such a mutual celebration:
Celebrating a man who died almost 70 years ago for his country winning a sporting event would be odd at the best of times: Few people invoke Franklin D. Roosevelt when the U.S. team wins a game, for example. Of course, Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany and one of the great scourges of history, is a special case.
Bung’s tweet has sparked a flurry of controversy in Malaysia. One rival politician said that Germany would have jailed Bung for his tweet, while Twitter users called the Malaysian MP “sick” and a “disgrace” for his comments. Germany’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, said that while his team appreciated the statement of support, they “strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler.”
Some Muslims just love Nazis and don’t care who knows it.