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DPP reprimands lawmaker over remarks

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday apologized for Legislator Chen Ou-po's (陳歐珀) tactless remarks made at the cremation of President Ma Ying-jeou's mother and stated that its caucus will be dealing with Chen's punishment.

Chin Hou-hsiu (秦厚修), 93, passed away last Friday due to multiple organ failure. The president's family decided against a public memorial service, opting for simplicity. The first family also said that all visits and gifts would be declined. A private funeral service was subsequently held at the Taipei Second Funeral Parlor, yesterday.

First lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) was seen in a wheelchair as she had injured her right leg in a fall several days ago.

Despite the first family's wishes, Chen showed up at the funeral parlor and reportedly expressed annoyance over the “lack of arrangements.”

“Even as the president, (Ma) should understand etiquette,” said Chen, adding that the Ma family was not present to express thanks to guests.

The first family had departed an hour before Chen's arrival.

Apparently fearing that Chen would disrupt other families awaiting cremation of their deceased family members, the staff of the funeral parlor provided Chen with a blank signature book while an official of the Presidential Office tried to communicate with Chen.

According to local reports, the National Security Bureau (NSB) was notified of Chen's visit and that NSB Director-General Tsai De-sheng (蔡得勝) was present at the funeral service to ensure smooth proceedings.

DPP Reprimands Chen

DPP spokesman Chang Chun-han (張惇涵) said that the opposition party has reprimanded Chen for his inappropriate actions, adding that the DPP caucus will be left to decide Chen's punishment.

The party has extended a sincere apology to the president and his family, the spokesman said.

According to Chang, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) expressed his condolences via DPP Secretary General Lin Xi-yao (林錫耀), while former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) also expressed sorrow over Ma's loss.

Chen issued a statement later, saying that he had simply “suggested gently” that the first family send off Chin in style, as he only saw a simple portrait of her and some fruit at the funeral parlor.

The Ma family later brought Chin's ashes to the Fude Memorial Tower (台北市福德靈骨樓).

May 6, 2014    ilperty@
What a mess.
May 6, 2014    j131910@
Does Legislator Chen Ou-po really call this democracy progress?
May 6, 2014    Upwell@
If a man knows nothing of proprietary he is nothing. Here is a family holding a funeral service. It asks for privacy. A plain and simple request which every person with decency will respect. Mr. Ma even as a public figure is entitled to that. But you have this Chang person running around like a lunatic. Surely politics must have a rest when a family wanted to set a family member to rest. I wonder why you have character like this elected as lawmaker. Surely the apology must come from him rather than his party.
May 6, 2014    yao1931@
What is the difference between man and the animal? Man is so different from the animal as man knows propriety. Therefore, a man who knows no propriety is no different from the animal. How is the man ashamed to be called lawmaker different from the animal who forced on entrance into President Ma mother’s funeral service?

May 6, 2014    yao1931@
With each name, there is a reality; without reality a name would be derived of its meaning. Thus a lawmaker (name) such as Chen Ou-po could not be rightly called a lawmaker as what he did--harassment with President Ma mother’s funeral service--has lost reputation as a lawmaker (reality) (名不副實)
May 6, 2014    edann77@
It shows how little sense of morality there is amongst the empowered... and unfortunately throughout society, government, associations, organizations, unions, etc.

Go Terry Gou!
May 6, 2014    yao1931@
Lawmaker Chen Ou-po forced on entrance into President Ma mother’s funeral service yesterday. It came as no surprise to us, because Chen Ou-po is a member of DPP. As the DPP, so are its members.
May 7, 2014    jeremy@
What a total idiot? He should resign.
May 7, 2014    Edrulyn26@
What really can you expect from this idiotic DPP MEMBER and a lawmaker? Very shameful indeed.
May 9, 2014    normanytlim@
Though I am no supporter of Ma, this situation is not about politics. For this case, Chen Ou-po is definitely out of line. There is no cause for him to make a scene especially at a funeral. Due respect must be given to the dead and the family concerned. Everyone, including DPP supporters do not tolerate such actions. Chen made a fool of himself and making himself a liability of DPP. I bet he will not be nominated by the DPP in the coming legislative election.
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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀), center, remarks on the funeral arrangements for President Ma Ying-jeou's mother, Chin Hou-hsiu (秦厚修), at the Taipei Second Funeral Parlor, yesterday. (CNA)



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