Former Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, has lent his voice to the growing tension between France and the Muslim world.
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad stated that Muslims have the right “to kill millions of French people”.
His statement came as a result of the three people that were stabbed to death at a Church in the city of Nice by a knifeman who shouted “Allahu Akbar”. Two of the people were beheaded.
The French police however stopped the knifeman by shooting and arresting him.
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who quitted power in February this year, said freedom of expression does not include “insulting other people” as anger over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed sweeps the Islamic world.
The 95-year-old politician said he did not approve of the beheading of a French school teacher for sharing caricatures of the Prophet, but added that “Irrespective of the religion professed, angry people, kill”.
“The French in the course of their history [have] killed millions of people. Many were Muslims,” he said in a tweet that has since been removed for violating the website’s rules.
Dr. Mahathir continued: “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
The Malaysian politician said that “by and large”, Muslims have not applied the principle of “eye for an eye”.
“Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead, the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings,” Mahathir, who has drawn controversy for comments about Jews and LGBT people in the past, added.
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