Freedom of expression is a right, calling for violence is not, US envoy tells Dr M (Updated)

Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s controversial remarks on the French racial attacks attracted more flak with US Ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdir criticising the former premier’s purported endorsement of violence.

"I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of France in the wake of the terrible attacks in Nice and Paris.

“I strongly disagree with Dr Mahathir’s recent statement. Freedom of expression is a right, calling for violence is not, ” Kamala said in a statement on Friday (Oct 30).

Meanwhile, the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said it was dismayed at the language used by Dr Mahathir.

"The order of the day is a de-escalation of words and solidarity with the victims of violence. Germany shares the pain and sorrow of her close partner and friend France," it said in a statement on Facebook on Friday.

On Thursday (Oct 29), Twitter removed one of Dr Mahathir’s tweets which was part of a long thread, initially marking it as “glorifying violence”.

Dr Mahathir had tweeted that “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past, ” he said, adding that Muslims, however, have not taken vengeance in this way.

Dr Mahathir’s controversial tweets came just a few hours after a knife attack at the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice, France, where three people were killed and others injured.

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