2012 ELECTIONS: DPP pans discriminatory ad

By Lee Yu-hsin and Peng Hsien-chun  /  Staff Reporters

Fri, Jan 06, 2012 - Page 3

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday accused President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) re-election campaign headquarters of discrimination in its recent recruitment ad for people to distribute flyers.

DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said the ad for customer service staff to distribute flyers in Greater Taichung violated the Employment Services Act as it set specific conditions, such as requiring those who wish to apply to be female models who are slim and at least 167cm tall.

“Is the KMT recruiting campaign staff or holding a beauty pageant?” Tsai asked at a press conference. “The ad seriously violates the Employment Services Act (就業服務法) and the Gender Equality in Employment Act (性別工作平等法) and prosecutors should look into the matter.”

Ma’s campaign spokesman Chu Kang-chen (朱康震) said the recruitment ad was not placed by Ma’s re-election campaign headquarters, but by public relations and advertising companies.

Chu said that the campaign headquarters would check with the companies on whether they included such terms in the ad and “ask them to re-evaluate.”