Presidential Office spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) on Tuesday urged public figures to exercise caution in expressing their opinions online after an assistant to a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator caused a stir with a series of controversial posts on his Facebook page.
On Friday, Chao Chih-hsun (趙志勳), who was then the director of the office of KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順), said on his Facebook page that he “would even like to attack Tokyo and kill tens of millions of people” following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.
Huang later expressed regret and apologized on her Facebook page for Chao’s outburst. While Huang has removed Chao from his post as office director, he remains one of her assistants.
Lo on Tuesday said everyone must be responsible for his or her own words, especially public figures who must set an example.
“We do not want to see someone like DPP Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬), who constantly uses improper language to humiliate other people,” Lo said, referring to Gao’s previous use of expressions such as “dumb president,” “turtle’s grandson” (龜孫子, “wimp”) and “retarded” to describe President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).