A television clip of a Macau lawmaker delivering a speech before the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference session in Beijing has gone viral on social forums.
Chui Sai-cheong, a Macau delegate to the CPPCC who is also the older brother of the city’s leader Fernando Chui Sai-on, appeared to be struggling to express his opinions in Putonghua as he talked about Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative and the 13th Five-Year Plan at the meeting on Sunday, news website hk01.com reported.
Netizens who viewed the video clip released by Television Broadcasts were more interested in his strong accent as he struggled with the language rather than in the content of his speech.
They said Chui slightly changed his Cantonese pronunciation to sound like Putonghua in his speech.
But they admired Chui and his younger brother for being “courageous” enough to dare to speak Putonghua on important occasions despite their “very heavy accent”.
One netizen said the younger Chui seemed to be better at Putonghua than his elder brother.
Some netizens jokingly gave credit to Chui for showing his love for Cantonese by speaking in the dialect during such an important meeting in Beijing, while others provided a “translation” of his speech with a different set of Chinese subtitles.
(Chui Sai-cheong in 2016)
(Fernando Chui Sai-on in 2009)
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