Tue, Nov 25, 2003 - Page 3 News List

DPP wants two of its lawmakers to be disciplined

BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS Tsai Chi-fang is in hot water over a speech while Chu Hsing-yu's fist fight with a colleague has been criticized


Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus members yesterday said they would seek disciplinary action against two party lawmakers for their behavior in the Legislative Yuan.

"The DPP caucus decided that Legislator Tsai Chi-fang (蔡啟芳) and Chu Hsing-yu (朱星羽) must face the party's discipline committee to discuss their inappropriate actions," DPP legislative leader Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said after a caucus meeting.

In a speech last Monday, Tsai said "most Taiwanese teachers are bastards."

Tsai later defended himself, saying that he had been angered by a magazine survey that revealed that parents and teachers of primary and middle schools put pan-blue figures at the top of a list of the cleanest politicians.

Tsai said the survey revealed the incompetence of teachers and their inability to teach children impartially.

Chu found himself in hot water over a fist fight with party colleague Lin Chung-mo (林重謨) last Thursday. Chu flew into a rage after Lin said that legislators were selfish and shameless.

The fight followed another scene at the legislature on Tuesday when Chu threw his chair at the podium to protest the postponement of legislative confirmation of a trade agreement with Panama.

Both Chu and Tsai could now face expulsion from the party. Ker said the caucus had decided not to take action against Lin because he had not fought back.

The caucus meeting followed a series of faux pas by DPP lawmakers, forcing party whip Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) to acknowledge on Thursday that "law-makers should be more rational and restrained when they debate public affairs."

People First Party (PFP) law-makers sued Legislator Chang Ching-fang (張清芳) after he accused PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) of having an affair with former aide Yang Yun-tai (楊雲黛).

Ker said the DPP would wait for legal proceedings against Chang to finish before deciding whether to report him to the disci-plinary committee.

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