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Yikes, People Are Saying Zahid Hamidi Should've Delivered His Speech In BM

Deputy Prime Minister recently delivered a speech at the General Debate of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was in New York City, US recently to represent Malaysia at the world stage

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He was there to lead the Malaysian delegation at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the absence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On 19 September, Zahid participated in a high-level meeting at the General Assembly to address large movements of refugees and migrants.

However, the biggest highlight of the week was when he delivered the national statement for Malaysia at the gene­ral debate a few days later on Saturday, 24 September.

Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, highlighted the following items in his speech that lasted for almost 16 minutes: terrorism, Palestine, refugees, migrants and modern slavery, climate change, 11th Malaysia Plan, National Blue Ocean Strategy, and volunteerism.

Unfortunately, it may be an outing that Zahid wants to forget as the video of his speech has been making rounds on social media for all the wrong reasons

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A video of his speech has gone viral as netizens poked fun at the Deputy Prime Minister's English proficiency, particularly how he failed to properly and correctly enunciate certain words.

One particular user on Facebook noted that Zahid was speaking "unnaturally and reeked of nervousness" but nevertheless, "spoke all the right buzzwords to impress".

Quite a number of people pointed out that Zahid made a major mistake by referring to Najib as "president" instead of "prime minister"

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Many chimed in and said that it was an "embarrassing" episode not only for Zahid, but also for Malaysia

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On the other hand, some others empathised with Zahid and came to his defence

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Meanwhile, there were also suggestions for Zahid to speak using his mother tongue instead of English

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Was Zahid's speech really as bad as netizens said? Watch it for yourself here:

Speaking of the English language, some of our favourite words have been added to the Oxford Dictionary recently!