Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on the campaign trail ahead of the May 18 federal election which will determine whether the country’s conservative government will get a third term.
Morrison was greeting voters in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield on Saturday. Morrison shook hands with people in the community and was mingling with the residents.
Sky News Australia captured the moment Morrison shook a woman’s hand and greeted her with, “Hello, how are you, ni hao” which is Mandarin for, “hello.”
However, the women quickly corrected the prime minister.
“No, no, no, I’m Korean,” she replied.
Morrison recovered to tell the crowd that he was “no Asian languages expert, so I’m gonna say g’day to everybody”, The Guardian reported.
A recent Ipsos poll, published by the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, gave Bill Shorten's Labor party a lead over Morrison's Coalition 53-47 ahead of the election on May 18.
"[The election] will determine the economy that Australians live in, not just for the next three years, but for the next decade," Morrison said at a press conference earlier this month.