DPP ‘incites tensions’
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) said yesterday that the recent assassination threats posted by Web users against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and his daughters were the result of “perennial ethnic tensions” incited by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Chang said police must investigate the threats to ensure the president’s safety. KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) urged DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to publicly discourage such behavior. “Taiwanese society should show its maturity and tolerance regardless of whether the person threatened is a politician or not. No one is qualified to call on others to assassinate anyone for any reason,” Wu said.
‘Taiwan Corner’ gets German
Pro-Taiwan Danish online publication Taiwan Corner announced yesterday it would start offering news about Taiwan in German. Michael Danielsen, chairman of Taiwan Corner, said in an e-mail that the front-page of the newsletter would be translated into German. The online publication is in English, Chinese and Dutch. Danielsen said the objective was to reach out to more countries by using the local language. A press release was sent to the German media, Danielsen said. The Web site can be accessed at www.taiwancorner.org/.
City pushes for pet implants
Kaohsiung City’s Bureau of Economic Development yesterday said it would order pet stores to ensure that every dog and cat receive an ID chip implant before being sold. Liu Hsin-cheng (劉馨正), director-general of the bureau, told reporters that pet breeders and pet stores with legal permits that failed to add the implant would be fined between NT$40,000 and NT$200,000 in accordance with the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法). Chu Chia-te (朱家德), director of the Municipal Institute for Animal Health, said, pet owners showed up at the animal shelter everyday looking for their pets and regretted not having their pets receive the implant. Chu called on pet owners to remember to register their pets after the implant is added, saying that people who forget to do so could be fined between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000. Meanwhile, statistics from the institute showed that the city’s quota for the annual stipend for dog and cat neutering was almost full, with 46 spots remaining as of last Wednesday.
Hoklo test launched
National Cheng Kung University will launch the nation’s first general Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese) proficiency certification test this summer. Taiffalo Chiung (蔣為文), director of the university’s Center for Taiwanese Languages Testing, said the first test was scheduled for July 24, adding that it would be held annually in January and July. Chiung said the center, which helped the Ministry of Education create a Hoklo proficiency screening test, held a successful proficiency test for Tainan City and County, Chiayi City and County and Pingtung County. A total of 586 teachers from junior high and elementary schools in 11 cities and counties took the test on Nov. 14 , Chiung said. About 26 percent of test-takers were awarded advanced-level certificates, while 30 percent received high-intermediate-level certificates, Chiung said. Eleven percent received basic-level certificates and 29 percent received an intermediate level certificate.
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
CONTROVERSY: NHIA Director-General Lee Po-chang said an outcry over overseas Taiwanese not paying premiums, but having coverage, is pushing rule amendments Rules changes are being considered that would force Taiwanese who permanently live abroad to pay National Health Insurance (NHI) premiums for the period they were overseas before they can re-enroll in the system, National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) Director-General Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) yesterday said. The case of a married Taiwanese couple who lived in the US for about 30 years, but returned to Taiwan in April and tested positive for COVID-19 has again sparked public debate over why Taiwanese living abroad are allowed to use NHI resources, — although the couple’s expenses were not covered by the NHI. An often cited example
AN EXAMPLE: After attending a memorial service for Lee Teng-hui, Mori said the former president’s career reflected the importance of peace and democracy Using military force to resolve conflict is no longer workable in this new era, which requires peaceful discussion, former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori said yesterday before leaving Taipei. Mori made the remarks at a news conference in front of the EVA Sky Jet Center at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), after leading a delegation to attend the official memorial service for former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水). This was Mori’s second trip to mourn Lee; his last was on Aug. 9. Although he walked with a crutch, Mori, 83, chose to stand right in front of