‘Hitler’ tweet upsets German ambassador

July 10, 2014 - 12:03:46 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The German ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, yesterday described a lawmaker’s tweet praising Adolf Hitler after Germany crushed Brazil in the World Cup as “unacceptable”.

Bung Mokhtar Radin, a 55-year-old MP with the ruling United Malays National Organisation led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, congratulated Germany with a tweet saying “Well done ... Bravo ... Long Live Hitler”.

In a response to the politician’s tweet, the German ambassador said in a statement: “While we appreciate the admiration for the German football team, we strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler”.

Germany romped home to a record breaking 7-1 victory over Brazil to deal the host nation the worst semi-final defeat in World Cup history. 

Despite coming under criticism, Bung Mokhtar defended his action, saying it was done for fun.