A Kim Jong-un impersonator known as “Howard X” gatecrashed an event for Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday morning.
The man walked in to the southeast Melbourne factory to show his “support” for Liberal candidate Gladys Liu.
The North Korean dictator lookalike crash the event
The impersonator wore a black pinstriped suit, black-framed glasses, and the North Korean dictator’s trademark gelled hair with shaved sides.
He entered a secure area within the computer microchip factory about 10.20am but did not come into contact with Morrison or Liu.
“The point of coming here is pretty obvious, to show my support for the communist candidate for Australia, Gladys Liu,” the lookalike claimed.
“I support Gladys Liu, she supports Ji Xing Ping. If you want to support communism in Australia, vote Liberal, ”he claimed.
Liu is the Liberal candidate for Chisolm, the “ultra-marginal Liberal-hero seat in real danger of falling to the Labor Party,” 7NEWS political reporter Scott Rob said.
Howard X was asked to leave the private building on Ferntree Gully Rd in Notting Hill, and was told that his actions were highly offensive.
“You do not tell a supreme leader what to do,” he replied.
He then left the building of his own accord and was later spoken to by police, who determined that no criminal offense had been committed.
While he was waiting by the patrol car for police to finish their report, he waved and made jokes to nearby reporters.
“I’m looking for a third and fourth wife, so if any Aussie sheilas would like to volunteer, I’m running auditions at the Hyatt penthouse tonight,” he called out.
Queensland Senate candidate Drew Pavlou later claimed responsibility for the incident.
Howard X has worked as a professional Kim Jong-un impersonator since 2013.
“Since I was born looking like an ** hole, I’ve decided to do something positive with it,” he said tweeted last month.
His lookalike career began to get serious after he posted an image on Facebook, after which he worked with an Israeli burger chain on a satirical commercial.
When asked whether she shares concerns for “the rise of China”, Liu slammed claims against Chinese-Australians.
“The way I look at it, I have come to the country 37 years ago, and I became an Australian citizen 30 years ago. I’ve got my children born and raised here, ”she said.
“Now I’m an elected member of the Australian Parliament, my job is how to make this country a better country.
“If anyone suggests that Chinese-Australians are not Australians… I think that is offensive, divisive and un-Australian.”
Morrison said he was “always very careful” not to conflict the Chinese community with the Chinese government.
“Chinese-Australians are the greatest patriots you could hope for in this country,” he said.
“That’s why I draw a distinct and sharp line between the actions of an authoritarian government that is seeking to be coercive against Australia and to interfere in our region, and the wonderful Chinese people.”
A side-tracked event
The event was supposed to be a tour of the factory but the prime minister spoke, even before the impersonator’s arrival, about his plan for national security and border security.
Morrison announced that, if re-elected, the government would force foreign criminals to pay for their own immigration detention.
Making foreign criminals pay for their own accommodation, food and medical costs would save taxpayers $ 216 million a year, he said.
This would reverse laws put in place by Labor in 2009, but the Opposition now supports the stance.
A day earlier, protesters singing April Sun in Cuba descended on a community event in Melbourne’s north as Morrison arrived.
While Morrison spends his birthday campaigning in Chisolm, Labor leader Anthony Albanese closed the week in Cairns promising $ 200 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef.