Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (
His remarks were "clear discrimination and the worst humiliation possible to indigenous people," Hsieh said. "How can anybody say such a thing to another human being? It was either a slip of the tongue or he is simply prejudiced."
Hsieh made the remarks in response to a comment made by Ma on Dec. 8 in Sindian City (
At a campaigning event, a Sijhou Community woman (溪洲部落) called on Ma to have an embankment built to prevent her community from being relocated.
In response, Ma told the woman: "If you come into the city, you are a Taipei citizen; I see you as a human being ... I will educate you well."
"Aborigines should adjust their mentality -- if you come into the city you have to play by its rules," he said.
Hsieh said Ma had insulted Aborigines and that his comments were similar to telling a gibbon staying at somebody's home that you will treat it as a human being. By saying so, a person is in fact showing they see their guest as a gibbon.
Ma's comments in Sindian drew national attention after an anonymous source sent video footage of the campaign event to the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper) on Saturday.
Hsieh yesterday said the issue highlighted the importance of holding a debate with the two presidential candidates, adding that issues concerning Aborigines should be included in the debate.
Hsieh said his view on minority rights is that issues concerning minority groups should not be decided by majority groups alone because the minority will always be the loser when its interests conflict with the majority ethnic group.
Hsieh said his ultimate goal was to amend the Constitution to grant Aborigines autonomy.
Hsieh said he had worked toward that goal during his term as premier, when the Aboriginal Basic Law (
"I have utmost respect for the earliest settlers of this land," he said. "I don't just say it, I take action."
Meanwhile, Hsieh said that although Ma was touting a position on Taiwan's status similar to the DPP's Resolution on Taiwan's Future (
MA TALKS BACK
Ma yesterday denied that his comments about Aborigines were discriminatory and accused the media of distorting his remarks.
"This is apparently a distortion of my remarks. I said that I treated the Aborigines as `our people,'" Ma said yesterday in Miaoli County.
Ma's spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) later issued a press release with Ma's Dec. 8 comments in full and said Ma is not prejudiced against Aborigines.
Lo said Ma had told the Sjizhou Community resident that the community should move to a safer place with no threat of flooding and that he promised to take care of the community's members if elected president.
HIGH STAKES: An attack on Taiwan could prompt a joint response from the US and Japan, and trigger a global conflict that could bring down the CCP, Liu Tai-ying said The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would not be able to launch an invasion of Taiwan for at least another 10 years, Taiwan Research Institute founder Liu Tai-ying (劉泰英) said on Friday. To occupy Taiwan, China needs to transport at least 300,000 to 400,000 troops across the Taiwan Strait during battle, but it would lack the ability to do so for at least another decade, said Liu, a former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) treasurer and a close aide to former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝). The challenges that China would face during an attempted invasion of Taiwan would be even greater than those
Taiwan from Thursday is to reinstate visa exemptions for passport holders from 65 countries. Mandatory quarantine for arriving travelers is to be lifted on Oct. 13 , when restrictions on inbound and outbound tour groups are also to be lifted. The following is a list of answers to common questions regarding how the new regulations are to affect inbound international visitors Which passports will have visa-free entry privileges? Eleven more countries on Thursday are to join 54 countries that were given visa-free privileges on Sept. 12. Passport holders from Japan, South Korea, Chile, Israel and Nicaragua can stay in Taiwan for up to 90 days without a visa. Taiwan is also to resume 30-day visa-free stays for citizens of the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Malaysia. Passport holders from Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines are to be allowed to stay in Taiwan for 14 days visa-free. Taiwan on Sept. 12 resumed 90-day visa-free entry for passport holders from the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New
HAWAII MODEL: While Hawaii held a referendum on becoming the 50th US state, Taiwan has never applied to join the People’s Republic of China, Miles Yu said China comparing Taiwanese independence to Hawaii seeking independence from the US is illogical, as Taiwan has never applied to be a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Hudson Institute senior fellow Miles Yu (余茂春) said over the weekend. Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅), who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, has given multiple talks asserting Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan. In a speech to the Asia Society on Thursday, Wang likened Taiwan to Hawaii. “Just as the US would not allow Hawaii to break away,” Beijing “reserves the right” to seek unification, Wang told the gathering. The
Taiwanese on average first use pornographic material at the age of 14, an international survey found on Wednesday. Researchers at National Cheng Kung University, who conducted the survey in the nation, said 50.2 percent of Taiwanese respondents said they used pornographic material two to three times per month over the past year. Lin Chung-ying (林宗瑩), an associate professor at the university’s Institute of Allied Health Sciences, said the results indicate that Taiwanese are less sexually active than people in other countries, especially in the West. Taiwanese on average masturbate 10 percent less often than respondents from other nations in the survey, Lin said. The