All Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chu Fong-chi (朱鳳芝) wanted was to wave her provocative poster and hijack the Home and Nations legislative committee meeting yesterday.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Chao-hui (
Huang swiped at Chu's poster with a burst of unchecked rage, and shredded the placard.
PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES
Chu retaliated by shoving DPP Legislator Yu Jan-daw (余政道) and dipping her fingers into DPP Legislator Kao Chien-chih's (高建智) cup to flick tea on him.
Not to be one-upped, Huang steamrollered Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Legislator Tsai Hau (
In a familiar scene of lawmakers behaving badly, a key legislative meeting was derailed yesterday.
At issue was whether to discuss KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng's (
The lawmaker added that such an agenda required lawmakers to discuss his legislation yesterday.
Instead of Wu's bill, however, the convener called for a debate on an amendment to the Political Party Law (
"This is illegal," Wu told the convener, referring to the scheduling change.
"You must notify me at least two days prior to such a change. That's the law," Wu added.
"I did notify you two days ago!" the convener replied.
"I got a phone call about the change just last night. What are you talking about?" Chu shot back.
Amid shouts and table-pounding, legislative staffers hauled in anti-KMT and anti-DPP placards for lawmakers to brandish. The deadlock continued for nearly one and a half hours, eventually forcing the convener to call for a vote on whether to prematurely adjourn the meeting.
Just in case opposition lawmakers were unsure of whether to support terminating a meeting in which DPP lawmakers sought to discuss party assets, KMT caucus whip Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆) quietly appeared on the sidelines, personally instructing fellow pan-blue lawmakers on how to vote.
"Legislator Lin, approve! Approve [to adjourn]!" Tsai said to People First Party Legislator Lin Chun-teh (
"Oh, right. Approve," Lin said in response.
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