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Su Jia-chyuan family says ancestral grave now legal

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An ancestral grave belonging to ex-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) is now fully legal, confirmed Su's nephew yesterday.

On the presidential campaign trail in 2011, Su faced public scrutiny over the location of his family's ancestral grave.

Fourteen ping of the ancestral tomb sits on land owned by Changzhi Township (長治鄉) and Linluo Township (麟洛鄉) of Pingtung County, announced then-Kuomintang Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) in September. The remainder occupies a parcel of Su's own farmland, in violation of zoning laws ordering that farmland should be used exclusively for agriculture.

Responding to recent local reports that the tomb is missing, Su's nephew said his household removed it from public property last November.

The ancestral grave now sits entirely on private farmland, which has been rezoned for burial use, said Su's nephew Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), a major opposition party lawmaker.

The grave is now fully legal, and all related fines have been paid in compliance with the “Regulation on Funeral and Burial Administration” (殯葬管理條例), he said.

February 18, 2013    Upwell@
This case raises very interesting issues. To those who are rich and powerful they built huge monuments with vast expanse supposedly to show their love and honour the dead. So much so that in this case there was the need to use private land not designated for burial use, and not only that, but to encroach on public land. Yet the poor or the commoners who equally love their dead and honour them no less, have to rely on whatever is available in law to bury their loved ones. While the case at hand was brought into the open because of politics, it truly saddens many to see how the world works so unfairly. Such show of one's wealth and power to my mind discredits the family. One may even go further to wonder if the spirits of the dead living in another realm untainted by the human world of greed, misconceptions and whatnot will appreciate such a show. Let those who have gone before rest in peace and not be adorned with large plots of land and monuments after all dusts we all will become. Living we sleep in one small bed so dying our bodies will when laid down cover no more than a small area of land.
February 18, 2013    zaqami@
The ancestral grave issue was really a trouble for Su during the presidential election in 2012.It made Su to fall down to hall from the heaven. Although he explained so much to clarify the grave issue which was likely seen to be a scandal. I don’t know if today's news is correct or not, but it is seems that it is meaningless now, because the presidential election in 2012 was lost.
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