SARAWAK Deputy Chief Minister has called out Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his controversial tweet on the issue of freedom of speech, violence and Islam in France, saying the rule of law must be respected.
Tan Sri James Masing said the former premier’s comments reflected his true character.
“The law of civilised nations is that no one is allowed to take the law into their own hands, let alone take somebody’s life just because that person happens to disagree with his beliefs or stance on certain issues.
“That’s why we have laws and the court system to ensure that we don’t revert to the laws of the jungle, ” he said, according to The Star.
He added that Dr Mahathir’s comments does not represent the stance of all Malaysians.
“Mahathir’s comments on the killing of non-Muslims in France is a reflection of who he is as a person.
Meanwhile former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said “someone” should take away all his social media accounts before he does more damage.
Najib also called for calm following the worldwide controversy over Dr Mahathir’s tweet.
The Pekan MP twitted that the world “should calm down” and read Dr Mahathir’s statement in its full context.
“I am sure he did not mean exactly what he said. And even if he did, it is his personal opinion not Malaysia’s,” he said.