Former Malaysian prime minster Mahathir Mohamad in a tweet on Thursday (29 October) issued a statement that "Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past".
Mohamad claims that the French in the course of their history have killed millions of people, many of whom were Muslims.
These comments were made by Mohamad in context of the beheading of French history teacher Samuel Paty at the hands of a radical Islamist.
In a twitter thread posted soon after the news broke of terror attack in Nice, France, Mohamad also says, "Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French. The boycott cannot compensate the wrongs committed by the French all these years".
Mohamad also took on French President Emmanuel Macron by calling him "very primitive", "Macron is not showing that he is civilised. He is very primitive in blaming the religion of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting school teacher. It is not in keeping with the teachings of Islam".
Mohamad was the prime minister of Malaysia until February of this year. He had infamously called India an “invader and occupier” in Kashmir in his United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) address in September 2019.
In response India started an economic boycott of Malaysia - especially of its palm oil industry which took a heavy toll on the nation.
Mohamad had subsequently announced that it won’t take any retaliatory action against India and its buyers began increasing sugar import from India in order to placate it.
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