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KMT lawmaker receives death threat against the president, 'waisheng pigs'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Chiang Huei-chen's (江惠貞) office yesterday received a fax from a person threatening to assassinate President Ma Ying-jeou and all "waisheng pigs" in Taiwan.

The term"waishengren" (外省人), which literally means "person from an external province," refers to people who came to Taiwan from the Chinese mainland in the 20th century, mostly as a result of the Chinese Civil War, as well as their descendants, in contrast to the majority of Taiwanese whose ancestors came to the island from the mainland during the Ming, Qing Dynasties. The label is rarely used nowadays.

Chiang's assistant said that 10 copies of the same fax were discovered at 8:20 a.m., describing the content as "revolting." Police stationed at the Legislative Yuan were notified and subsequently reported the incident to Zhongzheng First Precinct.

Apart from threatening to assassinate the president, the person who wrote the fax also threatened to kill the president's two daughters, the wife of KMT lawmaker Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池), the wife of former Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世) and the wife of KMT lawmaker Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟).

Jiang told reporters that the person who wrote the fax was clearly a political fanatic, and that he or she was able to accurately name lawmakers' wives who are rarely exposed in the media.

Jiang said that the content of the fax was brutal, and that according to her understanding, no one else at the Legislative Yuan had received the fax.

Lin told the press that politicians are expected to be scrutinized by the public, but that their family members should never be involved.

The lawmaker described the fax as having misogynistic tendencies, further describing the person who wrote it as an unpredictable time bomb.

Presidential Office spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo (馬瑋國) confirmed that the Presidential Office had been notified of the incident, and that it will increase its security alert.

The spokeswoman added that the Presidential Office will cooperate with law enforcers.

The Republic of China is democratic country with the rule of law, the spokeswoman said, adding that the Presidential Office condemns all forms of violence.

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