Dr Mahathir expresses disgust over misrepresentation of blog post

by FARA AISYAH/FILE PIX

Former Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he is disgusted with the attempts of misrepresentation on his blog post yesterday.
 
“I am indeed disgusted with attempts to misrepresent and take out of context what I wrote on my blog yesterday,” he said in another posting today.
 
Dr Mahathir said the media reports only highlighted 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,” implying that he is promoting the massacre of the French
 
“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.
 
“There is nothing I can do with FB and Twitter’s decision to remove my posting. To my mind, since they are the purveyor of freedom of speech, they must at least allow me to explain and defend my position,” he added.
 
Dr Mahathir said the posting was not read in its entirety, especially the subsequent sentence which stated “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.”

His appeal that the French should explain the need to advise their people to be sensitive and respect the beliefs of other people was also left out in the media reports.

“What is promoted by these reactions to my article is to stir French hatred for Muslims,” Dr Mahathir said.