Wed, May 05, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Irate DPP legislator calls comrades `little bastards'

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The internal struggle within the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Justice Alliance faction heated up yesterday as a legislator-at-large from the alliance, Cheng Kuei-lien (鄭貴蓮), accused the faction's secretary-general, DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯), of preventing Cheng and her husband, former interior minister Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲), from running in the legislative election.

Cheng went so far as to call Tsai, the newly-appointed Cabinet spokesman Chen Chi-mai and another legislator-at-large, Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬), "little bastards," and said that the trio tried to placate their comrades at one point, and then oppress them at another "like communists would."

"I feel really sad and cold about this, and these people still pretend in front of the media. They are humans with the hearts of beasts," Cheng said.

Cheng and her husband Yu, who is serving as the alliance's chairman, both obtained forms for registration, but failed to register for the primary before the deadline.

On the other hand, Tsai originally planned to run for another term in his own constituency, but changed his mind to run for legislator-at-large.

Cheng said that the legislators she mentioned weren't favored by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), but they pretended that they were carrying out Chen's orders to persuade certain people against running in the legislative election.

To counter Cheng's accusation, Tsai called on Yu to appear in front of the media to clear the air, while Yu responded that he did not plan to run.

"I hope to take a break for a while, and I do not plan to run in the legislative election," Yu said. Yu then hung up the phone, after saying thank you to the media.

Tsai said that he had confirmed with Yu his unwillingness to run before he decided to run.

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