Pol­i­tics gets wet and wild dur­ing meet­ing of Tainan City Coun­cil

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Tainan City Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor Wu Tang-cheng ( ) yesterday was drenched in wa­ter by a Kuom­intang (KMT) city coun­cilor due to ac­cu­sa­tions that the KMT had a hand in il­licit pro­ce­dures.

The wa­ter-drench­ing in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing ques­tion­ing of Wu by Lin Yen-chu ( ), the city coun­cilor in ques­tion. The city coun­cil meet­ing was ad­journed early due to the at­tack.

Lin ex­plained that her anger was due to the city gov­ern­ment’s de­fam­ing of the KMT in a press re­lease, and said that her ac­tions came from a lack of self-con­trol upon see­ing Wu’s “mock­ing smile.” Lin even­tu­ally apol­o­gized for her ac­tions in a state­ment.

Tainan City Coun­cil Speaker Lee Chuan- chiao ( ) ex­pressed his “dis­ap­point­ment” with Lin’s ac­tions, and im­plored coun­cilors to con­duct “ra­tio­nal in­quiries” and re­frain from phys­i­cally at­tack­ing oth­ers.

How­ever, Lee com­mended Lin’s will­ing­ness to apol­o­gize for her con­duct within a rea­son­able time frame.

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) of­fi­cials pointed out that this was not the first time Lin has phys­i­cally at­tacked some­one. Wa­ter-drench­ing in­ci­dents oc­curred in Deputy City Coun­cil Speaker Kuo Hsin-liang’s ( ) of­fice sev­eral times be­fore, of­fi­cials said.

Tainan City Coun­cilor Kuo Kuowen ( ) of the DPP said that Lee had pre­vi­ously im­plored city coun­cilors to “treat one another with re­spect” on Tues­day, but Lin’s ac­tions yesterday smashed the frag­ile im­passe at the Tainan City Coun­cil. DPP of­fi­cials also ve­he­mently de­manded that the KMT “dis­ci­pline” its coun­cilors’ ac­tions to guar­an­tee not al­low­ing a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent to oc­cur in the fu­ture, and fur­ther de­manded that the is­sue be raised with the party’s Dis­ci­pline Com­mit­tee.

CNA

Tainan City Coun­cilor Lin Yen-chu ( ) douses Tainan City Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor Wu Tang-cheng ( ) with wa­ter yesterday at a Tainan City Coun­cil meet­ing. Lin at­tacked Wu in a fit of anger. The meet­ing was ad­journed early as a re­sult.

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