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DPP not at all undeserving of label as a 'mafia party'

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was labeled the "party of corruption" after President Chen Shui-bian, his family and top lieutenants were incriminated in a spate of graft scandals. It's a little unfair, but most of the people of Taiwan believed the party was corrupt and chose to elect Ma Ying-jeou as "Mr. Clean" president in 2008, despite the fact that he is the Hong Kong-born son of a Kuomintang (KMT) apparatchik.

When Tsai Ing-wen took over as chairwoman of the party ousted from power in 2008, she began to lead a series of demonstrations against Chinese visitors in Taipei like a little Amazon, winning the not very savory sobriquet of "Little Ing of violence" in the process. That's unfair, because she did not commit any act of violence herself.

But a lady lawmaker did commit such an act last month. Chiu Yi-ying kicked open the office door of Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu on April 19 to let herself and a bunch of opposition lawmakers in to protest against the transfer of former President Chen from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital to a prison hospital in Taichung.

Serving a 20-year term for corruption and graft, Chen was diagnosed with depression and hospitalized at Taipei Veterans for six months, while opposition party leaders demanded that he be paroled to recuperate at home. Tseng charged her with obstruction of the performance of official duties.

Taipei district prosecutors are investigating the case. Not to be outdone, Chen Ou-po, a gentleman lawmaker of the opposition party, hit and injured a Ministry of Transportation and Communications official making a report on freeway toll collection at the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday.

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