And at the time of the bug, everyone said it was a bug. He talks about it like something normal and planned.
What he said was:
There are a lot of things that certainly sound bad to me, like the part where the game allows players to heal people to death in areas that are supposed to be safe from PvP, but maybe that sounds fun to you.
He was going off what he knew at the time. CIG put it in that way. Maybe the general sentiment was that it was a bug (you might recall people saying it was a good feature and that nowhere should be safe, although those tend to be the same people who want SC to be a full loot shooter). Bug, not bug, that was the situation at the time. On top, there are lots of other design choices, deliberate ones, that people might not like the idea of. We've discussed Death of a Spaceman plenty of times to know not everyone likes it, even if you and others do.