Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) yesterday called on voters in Yilan County to recall Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀) over his behavior at the funeral of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) mother, Chin hou-hsiu (秦厚修), on Monday morning.
Gou added that he was willing to cover all expenses to sponsor a recall campaign against Chen.
Chen went to Chin hou-hsiu’s funeral uninvited and expressed displeasure at what he said was his inadequate reception at the funeral.
Guo said the behavior Chen displayed was “despicable” and that Chen deserved to face a recall.
The tycoon said that he had talked to DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) by telephone yesterday and urged Su to offer a public apology on the party’s behalf.
“Chen’s outburst at the funeral attended by immediate family not only showed great disrespect for the deceased, but also tarnished the head of state’s image,” said Guo, who added that he watched on TV how Chen had behaved at the funeral while he was with his mother at her home.
Everyone should put the values of loyalty, filial piety, integrity and justice ahead of any kind of political activity, but politicians like Chen always flout society’s ethics and customs, Guo said.
Guo described Chen as a man of vile character and with detestable qualities, which made him “worse than a beast.”
The DPP on Monday condemned what it called Chen’s “inappropriate behavior” at the funeral and said that Chen would be referred to the DPP legislative caucus for discipline.
Chen on Monday said that he attended the ceremony to honor the deceased and denied throwing “a tantrum,” adding that his actions had been blown out of proportion by the media.