Dr Mahathir came under heavy fire from all sides the other day for his post
11. 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. But irrespective of the religion professed, angry people kill. The French in the course of their history has killed millions of people. Many were Muslims.
12. Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past. 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.
Following all those criticisms, Dr Mahathir followed up that post with this one,
8. 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.
9. 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.
I have to admit that I'm on Dr Mahathir's side on this one.
His words were indeed twisted.
Really. Just read them properly, okay.
But of course, people have judged Dr Mahathir that way and there's nothing that could be done.
After all, people tend to think of the French aa nice, romantic and civilised.
They have Paris, the city of love and a beautiful language too.
How can Dr Mahathir said all those outrageous things about them, right?
Anyway, maybe if you have the time, you can read the following article I picked up at https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/frances-colonial-era-crimes-unforgotten-in-algeria/1635943
Yup millions died in that country when it was under French colonial rule.
If you have even more time, do try to check on the whole track record of French colonial rule in other parts of the world such as Indochina and see whether they are truly nice, romantic and gave the people they colonised freedom of speech.
What? Those were long ago?
Not really actually. And they don't even really apologise.
Also, they only left the colonised land because they were kicked out of them.