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Terry Gou slams DPP's Chen for funeral 'insult'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) yesterday blasted Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀) over the opposition lawmaker's remarks at the private funeral of President Ma Ying-jeou's mother.

The tycoon also said that he would be willing to finance a campaign out of his own pocket to recall the lawmaker.

Following the death of the president's mother, the first family decided to hold a private funeral in favor of simplicity, saying that gifts and visits would be declined.

Chen, however, decided to attend the funeral service, arriving at the funeral parlor roughly an hour after the first family left.

The lawmaker was apparently taken aback that members of the first family weren't there to receive him personally and that there wasn't a guest book for him to sign.

"Even if a person is president, he shouldn't be oblivious to etiquette," the lawmaker said.

In response, DPP headquarters reprimanded Chen, saying that the lawmaker's remarks were "extremely inappropriate."

In his own defense, Chen said that DPP headquarters had handled the matter rashly, adding, however, that he would "forgive" the DPP.

Chen said that his remarks were intended as a "gentle suggestion" for the sake of "improving" the funeral service.

In response, Gou held a press conference and said that as a citizen born and raised in Taiwan and as a taxpayer, he wanted to express his contempt for Chen's actions.

Gou said that he was watching the television on May 5 with his mother when he learned of the news, and that he later contacted DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) who publicly apologized on Chen's behalf.

Gou said that Chen had behaved "no better than an animal," stressing the importance of humaneness and a universally shared set of ethics.

Morality must come before politics, Gou said, adding that politicians must stop actions that undermine the social values of Taiwan.

Chen's decision to disturb the peace that is a mourning family's right is utterly despicable, Gou said.

Chen an 'insult' to Yilan County: Gou

The tycoon said that he would be willing to finance a campaign to recall the lawmaker, stressing, however, that he will not support any type of disorderly gathering to achieve that end, urging the electorate to support the cause by voting instead.

Having a lawmaker such as Chen representing Yilan is an "insult" to the county, Gou said.

Gou said that as a voter and a taxpayer, he would like to request that the Kuomintang caucus and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) submit Chen's case to the disciplinary committee.

Gou said that lawmakers who have "completely lost their conscience" should be condemned by the Legislature.

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