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Scott Morrison Is Slammed For Saying Hello To Korean Lady In Chinese

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Aussie politicians are in full election mode as they're crisscrossing the country trying to win over voters ahead of the May 19 vote.

Invariably these tours attract some awkward moments and yesterday's event with the Prime Minister was one of them.

Scott Morrison met some locals as he was walking through Strathfield in Sydney after visiting a local restaurant. Some gave the PM some words of encouragement and others just said hello.

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Mr Morrison met an Asian woman and in trying to appeal to everyone, he said "Ni hao, how are you."

'Ni hao' is the Mandarin Chinese phrase for greeting someone but sadly the woman ScoMo was talking to was Korean, who quickly told him as such.

People on social media were pretty scathing of the incident, with many saying it represents how politicians are out of touch with regular folk.

"This shows how little Morrison knows his own city beyond his white eastern suburbs bubble," one person wrote on Twitter. "If you didn't know Strathfield is Korean it would still be obvious just by looking at all the shop and restaurant signs. Morrison needs to dine out in his own town."

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Another said: "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."

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We're only a couple of days into the election campaign and we've already had a belter of a sound bite. Who knows what else will happen from now until May 19.

This is the second roasting Morrison has received this month, with the first coming after he impersonated Borat in Parliament.

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During Question Time, Mr Morrison said: "They want carbon credits from Kazakhstan. That is the policy of forcing businesses to shell out $36 billion that they could spend on increasing wages, they could spend on creating jobs, investing in businesses.

"But no, the Labour Party wants $36 billion to go to foreign carbon traders.

"In Kazakhstan, I am sure they are pleased about this. They are thrilled about this. Some may call this is a carbon tax. I call it the Borat tax, with carbon credits for Kazakhstan.

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"I know what Borat would think of the Labor Party's thoughts on carbon trading policies. Very nice, very niiiiiiice!"

Once the Borat impression was complete, cheers and laughter erupted from the Liberal side of the room - clearly chuffed with the savage burn against the Opposition.

Featured Image Credit: Sky News

Topics: News, Funny, Australia, Borat, Politics

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Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.