Prime Minister Najib should ask MP for Kinabatangan, Bung Mokhtar Radin, to apologize for his tweet and his defense of his tweet, to resign as a member of the UMNO Central Committee and as the MP for Kinabatangan

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of July, 2014

Not surprisingly, the offensive tweet by MP for Kinabatangan, Bung Mokhtar Radin – “LONG LIVE HITLER” – has made international headlines including in TIME[1], UPI[2], the Huffington Post[3], the Washington Post[4], BBC news[5] and the Daily Mail[6], just to name a few. What is worse is that Bung refused to apologize for his tweet but defended it by saying that “Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did”.

German Ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, expressed his views by strongly rejecting the “distasteful and unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler”.[7]

Bung’s initial tweet is highly offensive and unacceptable behaviour coming from a Member of Parliament. His refusal to apologise and his ignorant defense of his tweet is even more unacceptable.

Many politicians in democratic countries have resigned for making racist and bigoted statements. Since it is very unlikely that Bung will apologize or resign over his remarks, I call upon PM Najib to ask the MP for Kinabatangan to publicly apologize for this tweet and the defense of his tweet and to ask him to resign as a member of the UMNO Central Committee and as MP for Kinabatangan as a sign that he is a PM who values Malaysia’s international reputation, the reputation of Malaysia’s parliament and also the reputation of his own party, UMNO.