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[VIDEO] BN candidate Leong Hui Ying struggles to answer question posed by reporter in Bahasa Malaysia

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A clip showing Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Leong Hui Ying struggling to answer a question posed by a reporter in Bahasa Malaysia has made rounds on Twitter.

Throughout the 58-second video, Leong, who’s battling in a three-corner fight for the Kesidang seat in the current Melaka state elections, was visibly confused while attempting to reply the reporter.

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When asked how she planned to compete with seasoned politicians, Leong appeared lost and couldn’t find the words to convey her thoughts.

“I don’t know how to answer this question,” she half-whispered in Mandarin.

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Even after someone hinted her, Leong merely replied with “I will try my best”.

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Her apparent inability to converse in the national language did not sit well with many, who lambasted her by typing out vulgarities in Mandarin and saying that those who plan to vote for her are “pigs”.

Bn candidate leong hui ying struggles to answer question posed by reporters in bahasa malaysia
Screenshot via Twitter
Bn candidate leong hui ying struggles to answer question posed by reporters in bahasa malaysia
Screenshot via Twitter

However, several netizens have jumped to Leong’s defence, with one saying that the BN candidate can actually communicate in Bahasa Malaysia but not as fluently.

Another wrote that one’s command of a language isn’t as important as his/her integrity and willingness to serve the people.

Leong: ‘I do know how to speak in BM’

In a separate video uploaded today, Leong clarified that she knows how to converse in Bahasa Malaysia and thanked those who defended her.

“Please don’t misunderstand the viral clip and give me your support!


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Editor: Sarah Yeoh