Lawmaker seeks punishment for funeral gatecrasher
Central News Agency
2014-05-06 09:16 PM
Taipei, May 6 (CNA) A lawmaker of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presented a proposal Tuesday asking the Legislative Yuan to punish opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ou-po for gatecrashing the private funeral of President Ma Ying-jeou's mother the previous day. Legislator Lu Chia-chen said he delivered the proposal to the Legislative Discipline Committee, and that he is seeking endorsements from other lawmakers. Chen, elected from Yilan County, showed up uninvited at the funeral in Taipei and criticized the funeral arrangements, complaining that Ma does not understand local customs. The president's mother, Chin Hou-hsiu, died of respiratory failure May 2 at the age of 91. Ma announced that no public service would be held -- the same arrangement that was made for his father's funeral in 2005. In his proposal, Lu denounced Chen's behavior as lacking respect for the family of the deceased and described it as a serious breach of etiquette. Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-ping, who also described Chen's behavior as inappropriate, said that he will handle any proposals to discipline the lawmaker impartially, based on Legislative procedure. Earlier in the day, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou launched a drive to recall Chen, who he described as a "shame" to Yilan and whose behavior he blasted as "worse than that of an animal." "It's malicious political manipulation," Gou said. "I'm willing to provide the funds needed (for a recall), and I urge Yilan citizens to come out and recall this legislator." In response to Gou's recall pledge, Chen's office chief, Cheng Kuang-che, said the lawmaker will deliver his comments in public the following day. Meanwhile, DDP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said the caucus is scheduled to hold a meeting May 9 to discuss how to discipline Chen following a call by the DPP's Central Committee. (By Wen Kui-hsiang, Sophia Yeh, Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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