Did Prime Minister of Malaysia Ismail Sabri Yaakob refer to Queen Elizabeth II as male in his formal condolences?!
Take a look at the viral screenshot, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Malaysia PM Referred To Queen Elizabeth II As Male!
People are sharing a screenshot of a Facebook post by Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in which he apparently referred to her as “male”.
The person who created it highlighted portions of the official statement in which the Prime Minister apparently referred to her Majesty as “male”.
Truth : Malaysia PM Did NOT Refer To Queen Elizabeth II As Male!
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, is known for his poor command of the English language. So it is not surprising to see Malaysian netizens poke fun at him for that.
However, this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Official statements, especially on matters of great import, would certainly be vetted by government officials before they are posted.
It would have been a major faux pas if Ismail Sabri wrote and posted his own message without first getting it vetted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is after all, official communication from one government to another.
And so, when Ismail Sabri posted the message, it came in two versions – Bahasa Melayu (Malay) and in English:
The person who created the fake news intentionally used Facebook’s machine translation feature to automatically translate the Bahasa Melayu version into English, even though there is already an official English version of the message.
Because Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is gender neutral and does not differentiate between he or she, the machine translation automatically defaults to the male pronoun – he / his / him, except where it refers to the Queen specifically.
Hence, the viral screenshot is genuine, but it does not show the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, referring to Queen Elizabeth as male. It only shows the limit of machine translation.
In the screenshot, you can also see Malay > English at the top of the translation – yet more proof that this was translated from Bahasa Melayu (Malay).
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