Mon, Mar 31, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Vulgarity helps Yu make a name

STYLE ALL HER OWN Yu, who once told a government official that his children would be born without an anus, has again come under fire for making tasteless remarks

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The League of Taiwan Women and the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights express dissatisfaction yesterday with KMT Legislator Yu Yueh-hsia's recent attack on Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's personal life.

PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES

To supporters of KMT Legislator Yu Yueh-hsia (游月霞), she is a down-to-earth and straightforward politician known for her earthy language. But to her opponents, she is a disgrace to the nation's women.

During a question-and-answer session in the legislature on Friday, Yu called Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) a "spinster with psychological problems."

"How do you expect someone who knows nothing about men to take care of such a complicated issue as direct cross-strait links," she said. "I say the premier should find someone who knows more about `linking' to connect the two sides."

Yu Yueh-hsia was questioning Premier Yu Shyi-kun on the government's dillydallying in opening direct links.

She also branded Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who is also single, as another "spinster with psychological problems."

Amid Yu Shyi-kun's protests and Legislative Yuan Vice Speaker Chiang Ping-kun's (江丙坤) calls for restraint, Yu Yueh-hsia said that her remarks were not defamatory but were actually reserved.

Although Tsai did not appear upset by Yu Yueh-hsia's comments, the DPP legislative caucus and women's groups were infuriated.

Groups such as the League of Taiwan Women (台灣女人連線) and the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights (台北市女性權益促進會) as well as 16 female DPP lawmakers have condemned Yu Yueh-hsia as a disgrace.

In addition to asking Yu to apologize to the nation's women, they also threatened to launch a signature drive to send Yu to the legislature's discipline committee if the KMT legislative caucus fails to discipline her as they requested.

Claiming that Yu's controversial remarks have nothing to do with the KMT legislative caucus, KMT legislative whip Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進) said that the caucus can do nothing to restrain Yu since the comments reflect her individual style.

Lee, however, called on other colleagues to exercise restraint in questioning government officials.

It was not the first time Yu Yueh-hsia received criticism for her vulgarity. In December 2001, Yu swore at Lin Chuan (林全), then head of the Cabinet's Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics, saying that Lin's children will be "born without an anus."

Some believe that those who do evil during their lifetime are bound to be punished by having offspring born without an anus.

Incensed by her profanity, the DPP legislative caucus asked Yu to apologize to the nation's children born with the birth defect of imperforate anus.

In addition to her tongue, Yu has a fondness for media attention.

Proud of shedding 17kg within six weeks last year, the 153cm-tall Yu showed her abdomen in front of the cameras to demonstrate her 25-inch waist.

She has since gained the weight back.

Yu even posed for Playboy's Chinese-language edition, but with her clothes on. The 43-year-old divorcee said that she will not bare all until she is 60 and when she is no longer a politician.

In the interview with Playboy, Yu said that she used to watch Taiwanese puppet shows followed by Japanese pornographic videos while waiting for her husband, from whom she is now divorced, to come home.

She told Playboy that if asked to join the Cabinet, she would want the defense portfolio because she likes soldiers.

"I feel they're like me -- straightforward and honest," she said.

Yu also drew laughter at a meeting of the KMT in 2001, when she asked party Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) to "get hard."

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