Mahathir Bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, in an incendiary tweet on Thursday said that ‘Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past’.
The 95-year-old Mahathir then went on to state that the through their history the French have killed millions of people, including many Muslims, even as the anger against France seems to be growing in Muslim nations after French President Emmanuel Macron said that Islam was in ‘crisis’.
In a twitter thread posted soon after this news broke, Mahathir also said: "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."
Mahathir, who was the Malaysian prime minister till February this year, called the French president ‘very primitive’ and not civilised.
Continuing his tirade on Twitter, Mahathir also said: ‘The dress code of European women at one time was severely restrictive. Apart from the face no part of the body was exposed. But over the years, more and more parts of the body are exposed.’
He further tweeted: ‘Today a little string covers the most secret place, that’s all. In fact, many in the west are totally naked when on certain beaches.’