Australias prime minister has been ridiculed after he embarrassingly mistook an Asian voter for being Chinese on the first day of his campaign trail.
Scott Morrison took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday to start winning over some of the electorate ahead of parliamentary elections on May 18.
But his campaign launch was soon mired by an embarrassing clip of him addressing a Korean woman… in Chinese.
On the campaign trail in Australia, PM Scott Morrison greets Asian voter with a ““ni hao”. “Im Korean” she responds. pic.twitter.com/bUc8QV2iwi
— Trent Murray (@trent_murray) April 13, 2019
The clip of Liberal Party leader Morrison shows him interacting with voters in the citys multicultural Strathfield suburb when he stops to salute an Asian woman.
The PM can be seen smiling as he shook hands with her while circled by journalists.
He can heard asking: Hello, how are you? Ni hao, how are you?
But far from being impressed at the PMs language skills, the woman responds saying: No, no, no, Im Korean.
The PM, who has been in office since last year, listens to the womans reply before moving on from his gaffe to meet other public members.
The embarrassing scene coincidentally happened just moments after he visited a Korean restaurant in Strathfield, which has a sizeable Chinese and Korean migrant populations.
It caused swift public reaction, with many Twitter users taking to the platform to slam the PMs racist slip.
One wrote: Strathfield has a high population of Koreans. To assume they are Chinese is racist and quite stupid.
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