These Malaysians Think That The Orlando Shooting Victims 'Deserve It' Because They Are Gay

Some people have said that the shooter in the Orlando mass shooting on Sunday, 12 June, did a "good job".

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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

Police officers in Orlando, Fla., directing people away from a nightclub where a gunman opened fire early Sunday.

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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

Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting during a memorial service in San Diego on 13 June.

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Mourners gather around candles lit during a vigil after a fatal shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub on Sunday.

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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.

Joining other world leaders, PM Najib Razak also extended his condolences to the victims' family and friends

While the world is still mourning over the heartbreaking mass murder, a small minority in Malaysia commended the killer for his "bravery"

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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

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The theory was supported by people from other countries, with more homophobic comments emerging about the incident

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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.

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Malaysia is known for its draconian laws against the LGBT community.

Despite the hardships, a Malaysian made history recently when she became the first transgender in the world to receive a prestigious award:

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