Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, the current Member of Parliament for Kinabatangan in Malaysia, is no stranger to controversy. He’s infamous for his many sexist remarks, for example back in 2011, he made chauvinistic remarks against women drivers, causing many female politicians and influential women to lash back at him.
In 2007, Bung had a heated argument with female opposition MP of Batu Gajah, Fong Po Kuan regarding a leak in the parliament’s roof. He rudely responded in Bahasa Malaysia, “Where is the leak? The Batu Gajah MP leaks every month too.” Needless to say, that again sparked much anger among the other women MPs.
Now Bung is again in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Just a few days ago on the 9th of July, Bung tweeted “WELL DONE… BRAVO… LONG LIVE HITLER” after the Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup football match.
Bung later removed the Tweet but here is a screenshot of the deleted item and angry responses from other Twitter users.
Angry Reactions From the Public
Many people immediately expressed their disagreement and disapproval of his insensitive tweet. The German ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, tells TIME, ” While we appreciate the admiration for the German football team, we strongly reject the distasteful and unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler.”
Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, too released his own statements on Twitter.
Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming even went as far as to state that Bung should resign as a consequence for his actions. Apparently Bung later blocked Ong on Twitter, causing Ong to tweet jokingly:
Despite the uproar from the general public, Bung didn’t seem to apologetic about it and even defended his actions during an interview with the Star. “I think people nowadays should transform their mentality. Whatever I tweet people hit me. They are hitting me because of Hitler, but because I am Bung Moktar,” he said.
Bung’s Apology, or Lack Thereof
Due to pressure from various parties, finally Bung apologized via Twitter.
People are, of course, skeptical and not satisfied with his apology. It’s no wonder that no one can take his apology seriously, seeing as:
1. The “LONG LIVE BUNG” at the end of his “apology” Tweet is completely unnecessary and egoistical.
2. He is still tweeting pretty rudely and doesn’t sound sincere or apologetic.
Bung’s Comeback, or Lack Thereof
His controversial tweet has made international news and even Perez Hilton, the blogger celebrity, tweeted in response to Bung’s “hitler” statement.
Bung himself wasted no time in making his own comeback.
We at Vulcan Post wonder if Perez understood Bung’s reply.