Remarks on French assaults taken out of context: Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir

By: AP | Kuala Lumpur |

October 30, 2020 7:05:25 pm

Malaysia to revive second major China-linked projectMahathir Mohamad was prime minister for 22 years till he retired in 2003. (REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/File Photograph)

Former Malaysian chief Mahathir Mohamad mentioned Friday he’s disgusted as a result of his feedback on assaults by Muslim extremists in France had been taken out of context.

Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage when he wrote on his weblog Thursday that “Muslims have a proper to be offended and kill thousands and thousands of French folks for the massacres of the previous.” Twitter eliminated a tweet from Mahathir containing the comment, which it mentioned glorified violence, and France’s digital minister demanded the corporate additionally ban Mahathir from its platform.

“I’m certainly disgusted with makes an attempt to misrepresent and take out of context what I wrote on my weblog,” Mahathir mentioned in an announcement.

He mentioned critics didn’t learn his posting in full, particularly the subsequent sentence which learn: “However by and huge Muslims haven’t utilized the ‘eye for a watch’ regulation. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. As an alternative the French ought to train their folks to respect different folks’s emotions.” He mentioned Twitter and Fb eliminated the posting regardless of his rationalization, and slammed the transfer as hypocritical.

“On the one hand, they defended those that selected to show offending caricatures of Prophet Muhammad … and count on all Muslims to swallow it within the title of freedom of speech and expression,” he mentioned.

“On the opposite, they deleted intentionally that Muslims had by no means sought revenge for the injustice towards them previously,” thereby stirring French hatred for Muslims, he added. On Twitter, nonetheless, that sentence was not deleted. A Mahathir workers member mentioned the complete posting was eliminated by Fb.

The feedback by Mahathir, a two-time prime minister, had been in response to calls by Muslim nations to boycott French merchandise after French chief Emmanuel Macron described Islam as a faith “in disaster” and vowed to crack down on radicalism following the homicide of a French trainer who confirmed his class a cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad.

His remarks additionally got here as a Tunisian man killed three folks at a church in Good, France.

The U.S. ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir, mentioned Friday that she “strongly disagreed” with Mahathir’s assertion. “Freedom of expression is a proper, calling for violence just isn’t,” she mentioned in a quick assertion.

Australian Excessive Commissioner in Malaysia Andrew Goledzinowski wrote that although Mahathir wasn’t advocating precise violence, “within the present local weather, phrases can have penalties.”

Mahathir’s second stint as prime minister lasted from 2018 till he stop in February 2020. He has been seen as an advocate of reasonable Islamic views and a spokesman for the pursuits of growing nations. However on the identical time, he pointedly criticied Western society and nations and their relationships to the Muslim world.

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