Academic politician dies
Examination Yuan member Huang Jun-ying (黃俊英) died of lung cancer at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital yesterday at the age of 72. Huang, former vice president of I-Shou University and dean of National Sun Yat-sen University’s College of Management, had been battling cancer for more than two years, a friend said. He had been receiving treatment at the hospital over the past two months and was discharged just a few days ago, his friend added. Huang took a fall at his home early yesterday and was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment, but died shortly afterward. Huang represented the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in the Kaohsiung mayoral race in 2002 and 2006. He lost both bids, as the city has traditionally been a stronghold of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Caution urged for Bangkok
Visitors to Thailand are urged to maintain vigilance for their safety as anti-government protesters prepare for a large rally on Monday in Bangkok, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The protesters have announced plans to block key intersections and transportation facilities for days in a bid to force out Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The ministry also urged Taiwanese not to visit crowded areas in Bangkok and to avoid wearing yellow or red shirts favored by the two main protest groups in the kingdom. The ministry is maintaining its yellow alert for travel to Bangkok, urging people to reconsider plans to visit the city. Under the ministry’s four-color travel alert system, red represents the highest level of warning, signaling that travelers should avoid the affected area. Orange indicates travelers should take precaution and avoid unnecessary travel, with yellow one step below, followed by gray.