Celebrating a man who died almost 70 years ago for his country winning a sporting event would be odd at the best of times: Few people invoke Franklin D. Roosevelt when the U.S. team wins a game, for example. Of course, Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany and one of the great scourges of history, is a special case.
Bung’s tweet has sparked a flurry of controversy in Malaysia. One rival politician said that Germany would have jailed Bung for his tweet, while Twitter users called the Malaysian MP “sick” and a “disgrace” for his comments. Germany’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Holger Michael, said that while his team appreciated the statement of support, they “strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler.”