These Malaysians Think That The Orlando Shooting Victims 'Deserve It' Because They Are Gay
The world was shocked with news of the deadliest mass shooting in American history on Sunday, 12 June, when a man killed 49 people and wounded at least 53 people
The gunman has been named as Omar Mateen, a New York-born US citizen of Afghan descent. He was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun, and a device police originally feared was a bomb.
He was killed after a shootout with police. Mateen had taken hostages for three hours but was shot dead after a SWAT team entered the Pulse club, a popular bar and dance club with members from the LGBT community.
He was investigated by the FBI for ten months after he alarmed co-workers in 2013 by claiming to be a member of Hizbollah and have family ties to al-Qaeda.
The horrifying attack saw the world coming together to offer tribute to the victims with candlelight vigils and buildings lit up in rainbow colours, signifying LGBT pride
As vigils for the victims were held around the world, social media users rallied online with the hashtag #GaysBreaktheInternet, which began trending worldwide on Twitter along with #PrayforOrlando.theguardian.com
Joining other world leaders, PM Najib Razak also extended his condolences to the victims' family and friends
Horrified by Orlando shootings. Our prayers are with families & friends of the victims. Islam abhors killing of innocent people.— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) June 13, 2016
While the world is still mourning over the heartbreaking mass murder, a small minority in Malaysia commended the killer for his "bravery"
One user said that a bomb should have been used instead as gays are "disgusting" while another jumped in to say that the victims "deserved it" for being "immoral".
There were also comments on how Omar did a "good job" and one even went as far as to congratulate Omar for his "great work".
Besides that, there were also suggestions that this incident was a conspiracy planned by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who is notorious for inciting Islamophobic violence
The theory was supported by people from other countries, with more homophobic comments emerging about the incident
In the midst of all these hate comments, people have come forward to condemn those that have trivialised and made a mockery of the incident.
They have stressed on the essence of empathy, basic human rights and how heinous killing is.