Some in Malaysia and some foreign dignitaries including a former French Ambassador to Malaysia and the German Embassy lambasted Mahathir for the comments on France.
Mahathir regrets that Twitter and Facebook deleted his post without letting him explain himself and without properly judging the context.
Mahathir had posted that France has murdered many Muslims in the past, adding in argument, this alone would give Muslims the right to kill all the French people.
He then added that, “But by and large the Muslims have not applied the ‘eye for an eye’ law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead, the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.”
He says those attacking him for these comments, “took out of context what I wrote on my blog yesterday (Thursday).”
He wrote the Thursday comments in the wake of a knife attacker who killed at least three people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice.
In his new post, Mahathir did not offer an apology as he thinks both the tech giants and those attacking him should not take anything out of context.
Here’s Mahathir’s comments to the critics in full:
Those who did that highlighted only one part of paragraph 12 which read: “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
They stopped there and implied that I am promoting the massacre of the French.
If they had read the posting in its entirety and especially the subsequent sentence which read: “But by and large the Muslims have not applied the ‘eye for an eye’ law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead, the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.”
Because of the spin and out of context presentation by those that picked up my posting, reports were made against me and I am accused of promoting violence etc… on Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook and Twitter had then requested the administrators of my Facebook and Twitter accounts to remove the postings. Despite attempts to explain the context of the posting, they were removed.
There is nothing I can do with Facebook and Twitter’s decision to remove my posting. To my mind, since they are the purveyors of freedom of speech, they must at least allow me to explain and defend my position.
But that is what freedom of speech is to them. On the one hand, they defended those who chose to display offending caricatures of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. and expect all Muslims to swallow it in the name of freedom of speech and expression.
On the other, they deleted deliberately that Muslims had never sought revenge for the injustice against them in the past.
Even my appeal that the French should explain the need to advise their people to be sensitive and respect the beliefs of other people is left out.
What is promoted by these reactions to my article is to stir French hatred for Muslims.