DPP legislator apologizes for slur against aboriginals

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (???) publicly apologized Friday for her use of an offensive term to describe Kuomintang lawmakers two days ago.

The 45-year-old wrote an apology on her Facebook page Thursday and bowed to the KMT lawmakers in a legislative plenary session on Friday, saying she was sorry.

Her apology was applauded by lawmakers, who decided to withdraw a proposal to refer her to the legislative Discipline Committee after it was voted down 62-22.

The controversy arose from Chiu's comments in a meeting of the legislative Economics Committee on Wednesday in an argument with KMT lawmakers over a possible removal of Taiwan's ban on food imports from nuclear radiation-affected areas of Japan.

"There is no use talking to these huan-a (barbarians)," Chiu said, speaking in a Taiwanese dialect and using a term that was used by Han Taiwanese in the past to refer to the island's indigenous people.

Indigenous KMT legislators took strong offense to Chiu's slur and demanded that she be referred to the Discipline Committee for punishment.

The apology is a rare act of contrition taken by the three-term lawmaker from Pingtung known for her combative style.

In April 2013, Chiu kicked open the door to the office of the minister of justice after arriving from the Legislature to find the door locked. She had wanted to lodge a complaint over the ministry's handling of former President Chen Shui-bian (???), who was serving a prison sentence for corruption.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel