By Arré Bench Oct. 30, 2020
Most of the world’s serving and former heads of state have condemned the France attacks. But Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad stuck out by justifying the attacks, saying, “Muslims have the right to be angry and kill millions of French for the massacres of the past,” in a blog post as well as a Twitter thread, in which the most offensive tweets have since been deleted.
Aspate of attacks by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in France this month has captured the world’s attention. First, a teacher was beheaded by a radicalised attacker in Paris for showing cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. This was followed by an attack by a knife-wielding terrorist on a church in Nice, which left three dead. Other attacks have also taken place, including a confrontation between police and a man armed with a gun in Montfavet, as well as an attempt to assault the French Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While most of the world’s serving and former heads of state have condemned the religious terrorism, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad stuck out by justifying the attacks, saying “Muslims have the right to be angry and kill millions of French for the massacres of the past. The French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings,” in a blog post as well as a Twitter thread, in which the most offensive tweets have since been deleted.
13. Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French. The boycott cannot compensate the wrongs committed by the French all these years.https://t.co/ysZeXDrQ09
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) October 29, 2020
Mohamad’s post, titled “Respect Others”, was ill-timed, as it came only a few hours after the Nice attack was reported. Though Mohamad does not refer to the Nice attack in his statements, he does refer to the killing of the teacher in Paris earlier this month. Despite the title of his post, expressing solidarity with the terrorists rather than their victims shows very little respect for those who lost their lives to these violent acts.
Twitter has finally woken up and deleted the communal hate tweet of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad which was not just justifying killing and terrorism but motivating for acts against humanity. pic.twitter.com/t4DGa1LKJ7
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) October 29, 2020
The controversial and dangerous opinions proffered by Mohamad have led to a wave of condemnation from people across borders. Journalist Ajai Shukla said Mohamad’s comments exposed him as a bigot.
Read this thread to understand just how off-his-rocker Dr Mahathir Mohamad really is.
Not just a power hungry bigot. But also a racist, sexist self-obsessed megalomaniac https://t.co/Azi19fwoUZ
— Ajai Shukla (@ajaishukla) October 29, 2020
Many world leaders have already expressed solidarity with the people of France and their president Emmanuel Macron, whom Mohamad referred to as “primitive”. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison went a step further and called Mohamad’s comments absurd and abhorrent.
PM Scott Morrison has condemned terrorist attack in Nice as "cowardly" and a "vicious act of barbarism". Spoke with President Macron last night, telling him Australia stands with France @7NewsAustralia
— Olivia Leeming (@olivialeeming) October 29, 2020
It’s shocking that a former elected head of state can so brazenly call for violence on social media, but this year has taught us to expect the worst.