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A Malaysian Legislator Tweets Praise to Hitler After Germany’s Soccer Triumph

This photo taken on May 19, 2010 shows M
Malaysian lawmaker Bung Mokhtar Radin and his second wife Zizie Ezette arriving at a Shari‘a court in Kuala Lumpur on May 19, 2010 AFP/Getty Images

The politician has refused to apologize for the tweet, claiming that the German squad "fought" like Hitler in its 7-1 World Cup semifinal victory over Brazil

A Malaysian member of Parliament, Bung Mokhtar Radin, has refused to apologize for a tweet that paid tribute to Adolf Hitler following Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal.

Bung wrote, “Well Done..Bravo…Long Live Hitler…” after Germany’s soccer triumph, prompting outrage from the Malaysian Twitterverse.

The German ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, also weighed in. “We strongly reject the distasteful and unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler,” he tells TIME.

But Bung showed no remorse during a Wednesday interview with the Star. “I don’t know what’s wrong with people sometimes. Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did,” he said.

Bung added that the tweet was just for fun and suggested that everyone needed to get a better sense of humor.

“I think people nowadays should transform their mentality. Whatever I tweet people hit me. They are not hitting me because of Hitler, but because I am Bung Mokhtar,” he claimed.

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