#UK Dai Le, Vietnamese refugee MP for Fowler, is slammed on Twitter by Paul Bongiorno #UKnews
A veteran political commentator has ripped into newly elected impartial MP Dai Le for the normal Vietnamese costume with an Australian flag imprint that she wore in her maiden speech.
While the response to Ms Le’s trend assertion was largely constructive, left-wing political commentator and former Channel 10 political editor Paul Bongiorno blasted her costume and elements of her maiden speech ‘merely appalling’ on Tuesday.
‘Independent Dai Le mars a intestine wrenching First Speech of refugee survival by carrying an Australian flag and like finish (sic) lock downs to Communist suppression. Simply appalling,’ he tweeted.
Dai Le (pictured) wore a costume that spoke louder than phrases throughout her maiden speech – prompting her to return underneath assault from political commentator Paul Bongiorno
His views, nonetheless, have been shortly countered by Twitter customers coming to Ms Le’s defence.
‘Wearing her conventional ao dai and giving respect to our nation for taking her household in and providing them a brand new life, is a show of respect. It was an incredible maiden speech,’ stated one twitter person.
‘The solely factor appalling right here is your angle in the direction of this nation and people who like it,’ stated one other.
Veteran political journalist Paul Bongiorno (pictured) slammed the Independent MP on Twitter saying her first speech had been ‘marred’ by her trend
Speaking to Radio 3AW morning presenter Neil Mitchell, Ms Le shrugged away criticism saying the costume paid homage to her heritage and her love for Australia.
‘I’m a proud Australian of Vietnamese heritage and I believed it was such a momentous event for me to talk on behalf of my group that I needed to share how proud I’m as an Australian,’ she stated.
‘There are people who find themselves attacking me, it is a Vietnamese conventional costume in an Australian flag and I’m certain we have seen the Australian flag in lots of issues and plenty of varieties and I needed to share my story.’
When requested whether or not she believed carrying the costume had been disrespectful, Ms Le stood by her choice.
He took the swipe on the newly elected MP on social media
‘I do not suppose it is disrespectful, as a matter of reality it is the other, it is really paying respect to Australia,’ she stated.
‘I simply wore it in the home, the individuals’s home, I do not suppose I did something out of disrespect in any respect.’
Ms Le described the flag as representing a second lease on life for her household after they have been compelled to flee Vietnam throughout the Fall of Saigon in April 1975.
Ms Le (pictured) disputed the criticism saying her choice represented her love for Australia
‘For me Australia means a lot it is about… it is my house,’ she stated.
During her speech on Monday, Ms Le recounted the harrowing journey she and her household had taken whereas travelling to Australia.
‘I bear in mind operating with my mom and two youthful sisters, scrambling to make our manner on to a ship and pushing via the cries and screams of ladies and kids. I had no concept what was taking place,’ she stated.
The member for Fowler wore the costume throughout her maiden speech by which she spoke of the harrowing journey she and her household took as they fled Vietnam
‘All I can recall are the cries, the panic, the chaos and one second on the boat after I rotated to look again at my start nation to attempt to comprehend what was taking place and simply noticed large, black smoke within the distance.
‘I bear in mind the second I believed we’d die when a giant storm hit our boat.’
Ms Le made historical past on the May election when she beat Labor candidate, former senator Kristina Keneally, and gained the southwest Sydney seat of Fowler.
Ms Le obtained a standing ovation and the admiration of her friends after her rousing speech at parliament on Monday
Fowler had beforehand been a secure Labor seat and had been held for 12 years by Labor MP Chris Hayes on a major margin till his retirement in 2022.
After her rousing maiden speech an enormous crowd within the gallery gave her a standing ovation, together with a lot of Vietnamese heritage in conventional costume, and chanted her identify.
An extended line of MPs together with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese shaped to congratulate her.