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DPP chairman gets personal in run-up to Jan. 13 demonstration

By Enru Lin--The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it is staging the January mass protest because President Ma Ying-jeou is like Emperor Hui of Jin (晉惠帝) — famous for his detachment from his people.

As part of the party's mobilization for its Jan. 13 protest, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang accepted a radio interview in Kaohsiung that aired yesterday.

A person must "experience" before he is able to "understand," said Su on the local Chinese-language Happy Radio (快樂聯播網).

The chairman stressed that he himself has weathered varying stages of poverty, and therefore understands — and strives to alleviate — the plight of the poor.

"I am not like certain people who have lived a charmed life. These are people who appear not to have bad intentions but who make judgments and decisions that are startling," he continued.

"For example, a college student said that he doesn't feel full after eating one bento box. Ma's instinct was to ask if he had purchased a second bento box."

The chairman was referring to Ma's remark at a student forum in Pingtung on May 4, 2012. A male student commented that portion sizes of bento boxes have shrunk, so that one box is no longer enough to satisfy his hunger.

"You don't feel full. Then perhaps you need to eat another bento box, or simply endure being hungry," Ma responded.

Ma's behavior makes him "not too different from Emperor Hui of Jin," according to Su. Emperor Hui, of the Jin Dynasty, is a Chinese historical figure, renowned for his ineffectual, seemingly detached rule. He is famed to have responded to the starvation of his people by asking: "Why don't they eat meat gruel?"

Ma's personality is such that he "only changes upon being pressured." Pressuring Ma is the only way to make him "move and be wary of not doing certain things," he said.

"If we could simply communicate with him and receive a response, why would we hit the streets?"

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