A legislative assistant yesterday accused a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator of violating his rights as a non-smoker.
Lin You-chih (
"While I have to attend many cross-party negotiations, a leading caucus whip of the ruling party surnamed Ker totally neglects the right of other attendants, including those of pregnant women, and persists in smoking in a small, confined room," Lin wrote in the letter published in yesterday's newspaper.
Lin said that although the legislative committee recently approved the preliminary review of the legal revisions to the Tobacco Hazard Control Act (
"Please control yourself a little bit, big caucus whip Ker," Lin said in his letter.
Ker reacted in a hostile manner when contacted for comment by the media, hanging up on a reporter twice.
When Ker was questioned again yesterday afternoon, he did not seem repentant.
Ker, who doubles as the director of the DPP's policy committee, said that smoking has become a common practice during inter-party meetings and that he will abide by the letter of the law.