Coun­cilor makes scathing at­tack on Michael Huang

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHRIS­TINE CHOU

Tainan City Coun­cilor Wang Ding- yu ( ) la­beled Tai­wanese- born singer Michael Huang ( ) a “shame­less bas­tard” and a “dic­ta­tor’s ac­com­plice” among other ac­cu­sa­tions, yesterday, ac­cus­ing him of alert­ing Xi­a­men gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials about com­ments made by a Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence ac­tivist.

Ac­cord­ing to Wang, Huang wrote on Weibo, “This girl wrote ( the mes­sage) on Face­book, think­ing that peo­ple in China will not be able to climb over the wall.” To “climb over the wall” is slang for cir­cum­vent­ing the coun­try’s In­ter­net cen­sor­ship. “But hey, some peo­ple found out. If you kids ( sup­port­ers of Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence) don’t like it, then don’t come to China. You should lis­ten to Lee Teng- hui ( ) and Tsai Ing­wen’s ( ) ad­vice, and go dig for money in South Asia,” said Huang. He ended his post by tag­ging the Xi­a­men cy­ber po­lice, no­ti­fy­ing them about the girl.

The “girl” Huang was re­fer­ring to is re­cent Web sen­sa­tion, Chung Yu- chen ( ) , whose provoca­tive post she later ad­mit­ted to be part of a de­lib­er­ate prank played on main­land ne­ti­zens.

Chung is an out­spo­ken sup­porter of Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence who was saluted dur­ing the Sun­flower Move­ment as a “war god­dess” by lo­cal media. She be­came the cen­ter of a trend­ing topic on the pop­u­lar Chi­nese fo­rum, Tianya Club ( ) , due to a Face­book post on Sept. 16. The post in­di­cates that she was work­ing for a com­pany that is co­op­er­at­ing with a Xi­a­men state- owned cor­po­ra­tion, and she was busy look­ing for new busi­ness part­ners to gain money from the PRC to work to­ward Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence.

Tianya Club, is one of the largest online plat­forms in China. It pro­vides blog­ging, online dis­cus­sion and photo al­bum ser­vices. Fa­mously nick­named the “hu­man flesh search en­gine,” the web­site is known for its so- cial search ca­pac­ity.

In a later post, Chung ex­plained that there was no such thing as co­op­er­a­tion with Xi­a­men state- owned cor­po­ra­tions, and this was a prank she made to see what would hap­pen. “I asked my friend to post this ( on Chi­nese online plat­forms) be­fore Oct. 1.” Oct. 1 is the Na­tional Day for the PRC. “My in­ten­tion was to spread the ideas of abo­rig­i­nal sovereignty and Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence.”

Huang rose to fame in the ’ 80s be­cause of the hit song, “New But­ter­fly Dream”(

) . He has been seen as a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure due to his pro- China, pro- unity re­marks in re­cent years.

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