President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was yesterday named the “No. 1 villain” of the year in an annual ranking initiated by Internet celebrity Lucifer Chu (朱學恒).
Coming in second in the “top 10 villains of the year” list was Lujhu Township (蘆竹) Representative Wang Kui-fen (王貴芬) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
Wang was followed by Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co chairman Kao Cheng-li (高振利), Miaoli County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) and Uni-President Enterprises Corp.
Rounding out the top 10 were “the mother of [my] girlfriend,” the gang of military officers allegedly responsible for the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), Ting Hsin International Group chairman Wei Ying-chun (魏應充), bakery chain Top Pot Bakery and Farglory Group chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄).
The results were announced yesterday evening through a highly sarcastic video Chu posted on Facebook.
Chu said the rankings were determined by hundreds of pedestrians in a public vote. The voters were asked to choose which of the 10 nominees had been the most vicious this year.
The candidates were proposed by netizens and selected by members of geek group Otakuarmy based on their conduct throughout the year, Chu said.
According to a video clip Chu released on Friday, Ma was nominated for “stealing five years from Taiwanese’s lives” by being perceived as an incompetent leader, while Wang was picked for allegedly slapping a nurse who had refused to inform her about her father’s medical condition when they spoke on the telephone.
Kao was selected as a nominee for allegedly adulterating Chang Chi’s edible oil products, while Liu was chosen for the Miaoli County Government’s forced demolition of four private houses in the county’s Dapu Borough (大埔) in July.
Liu and Chao threatened legal action against Chu earlier this week for nominating them.
Liu said on Monday that his “candidacy” had gravely damaged his reputation and the county government’s image.
“It is inevitable that my efforts to push through some infrastructure projects for the sake of the county’s development would not satisfy everyone. However, I have never abused my power for personal gain or done anything that went against my conscience,” Liu said at the time.
Liu also spoke up for Chao, saying that the Farglory Group chairman’s plans to construct a memorial hospital in honor of his father in Miaoli County, as well as to invest tens of billions of New Taiwan dollars to build medical and health facilities there were conducive to the well-being of local residents.
“To label Chao a ‘villain’ is an unsubstantiated defamation of his character,” Liu said.
Chao was named as a contender for top villain following a controversial remark he made last year saying that “NT$2.5 million [US$85,000] per ping is not an unreasonable price for a home.”
The real-estate magnate has said that the comment was taken out of context.
Farglory spokesman Tsai Chung-i (蔡宗易) said earlier this week that a press release issued by the company clarifying Chao’s remark had been run by several media outlets and was all over the Internet.
“Nevertheless, Chu still quotes Mr Chao out of context. I think it is either because he had not done his research or is doing so on purpose. If Chu does not provide any evidence to back his claims, FarGlory will sue,” Tsai said.
Citing a famous quote by Confucius (孔子), Chu said to Chao and Liu on Tuesday: “When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”