A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator apologized yesterday after he and his wife tied Muslims to terrorism and al--Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden during a high-profile campaign event over the weekend.
DPP Legislator Yu Tien (余天) called the remarks a light-hearted joke, but said he felt “deeply apologetic” to Muslims offended by his comments, which he made in front of thousands of supporters.
“We weren’t trying to connect Muslims with terrorists and we hope the public doesn’t misunderstand us,” Yu said in a statement. “We respect every religion.”
The incident took place during the final night of rallies as Yu and his wife, Lee Ya-ping (李亞萍), stumped for DPP presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in New Taipei City (新北市).
Speaking to the audience, Lee, who described herself as a former Muslim, said she was like a “Muslim terrorist early on … like [Osama] bin Laden.”
Replying, Yu said: “People have been saying that I am afraid of my wife. Faced with such a Muslim militant, how could I not be afraid?”
Although the remarks drew laughter from the crowd, organizers realizing the sensitivity of the comments immediately attempted to downplay the comments.
A statement apologizing for the gaffe was also released by Tsai’s campaign team late on Sunday night.
“[Yu] was a bit nervous; what he meant to say was that all our Islamic friends are very easy to get along with,” Tsai’s spokesperson Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) hurriedly told the crowd.
It is not the first time the gaffe-prone former singer has drawn controversy.
SLIP OF THE TONGUE
He apologized to Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) in September last year after he was caught on camera describing Hu’s wife, who was seriously injured in a car accident in November 2006, as “not being right in the head.”
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time