Representatives and organizations from the Hakka community gathered yesterday calling for Hakka rights in response to an incident last week, when a legislator criticized Council of Hakka Affairs Minister Lee Yung-te (
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chu Fong-chi (
According to Peter Lo (
"Chu's comment was disrespectful and degrading to the Hakka people, and we want her to give an open apology to our people," Lo said.
Yang Chang-chen (
Yang said the opposition paid lip service to diversity, but in reality practiced "fake" diversity and imposed a "cultural quarantine," in which Hakka rights were suppressed.
The department is pushing to establish a language equality law, and has encouraged Aboriginal legislators to give their official reports in their mother languages.
Former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) said that the Legislative Yuan had "no class," and that politicians were causing racial segregation and discrimination in Taiwan.
"The Legislative Yuan should be respectful and love all ethnic groups and minorities," Lin said.