India isn't the only country which is voting this year: Australia too is soon going to polls on May 18th, a day before India's polling-phase ends.
Just like in India, politicians in Australia are also campaigning extensively to garner votes. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is running for re-election, went with campaigning at the ground level recently and met voters in person.
Similar to India, accusations and political mud-slinging is on full swing. Recently, Morrison accused the Opposition party (the Labor Party) of being racist.
Morrison, who was in western Sydney for the third day of his election campaign, took the opportunity to accuse his opponents of racism. But ironically, Morrison himself fell for the trap.
While greeting voters, Morrison extended his hand to a woman of Asian descent, and said, 'Ni hao' or Hello, in Mandarin, Chinese. The woman responded immediately, with, 'No, no. I'm Korean.'
To make matters worse, this exchanged occurred moments after he visited a Korean restaurant in Strathfield as part of his election campaign.
This entire exchange was caught on camera, and it did not go down well on Twitter.
.@ScottMorrisonMP has had his first street walk of his campaign in the inner west Sydney suburb of Strathfield, greeting locals and visiting a restaurant.@annelisenews: There was a bit of confusion about what kind of restaurant he was in.MORE: https://t.co/ykweMevBOK #auspol pic.twitter.com/BZcxWBTVuz— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 13, 2019
Australian Netizens were not pleased by this gaffe.
Strathfield has a high population of Koreans.Almost every business is Korean.To assume they are Chinese is racist and quite stupid - if he’d had the first idea about the place…— Richard Werkhoven (@rwerkh) April 13, 2019
I constantly think about this whenever I see stuff like this happen. It’s like me walking up to a random white person in Sydney and just being like “BONJOUR!” Absolute madness from the PM— michael hing (@hingers) April 13, 2019
SCOTT MORRISON SAYING ‘NI HAO’ IN STRATHFIELD TO A KOREAN WOMAN I CANNOTTTTTTYou KNOW he is just one of those people considers Honey Chicken to be an ‘exotic dish’— 다니엘 🏳️🌈💚 (@hecatastrophic) April 13, 2019
Will the faux-pas affect Morrison's performance in the Elections? Australia goes to polls on May 18th.