Newspaper article China Post

Politicians Need Thicker Skin to Deal with Today's Criticism

Newspaper article China Post

Politicians Need Thicker Skin to Deal with Today's Criticism

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Lucifer Chu ([...]), a self-fashioned "god of the nerds," recently organized an online vote on the "Top Ten Bad Guys" in Taiwan, attracting more than 840,000 viewers to his website.

Chu collected some 310 votes for the campaign via street interviews and online video uploads. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top award went to the unpopular President Ma Ying-jeou. Trailing a distance behind Ma were the Kuomintang's (KMT) Lujhu Township Representative Wang Kui-fen ([...]), who was mired in controversy after slapping a nurse in public, and Chang Chi Foodstuff Co. Chairman Kao Cheng-li ([...]), who was sentenced to 16 years in prison over charges of fraud and mislabeling products in the recent cooking oil scandal.

The top three "bad guys" are yet to comment on the poll, but the fourth place winner, Miaoli County chief Liu Cheng-hung ([...]), has vowed to press charges against Chu. Liu, who earlier this year in the face of widespread protests ordered the demolition of several buildings in Dapu Township ([...]) to make way for a science park, also defended Chao Teng-hsiung ([...]), chairman of real estate developer Farglory Group and the tenth place winner in the online vote. Chao did not respond personally to the campaign, but the Farglory Group said it is considering legal action.

The vote was supposed to be a joke. The methodology and "scientific significance" of the poll, inspired by the "Ten Villain" characters in a famous Chinese martial arts novel by Gu Long ([...]), were questionable at best. Its organizer probably regarded it as a venue at which to vent public anger and a good PR campaign to promote his brand as an advocate for Internet users in Taiwan. Indeed, one of the byproducts of social media's rise is this new vein of political protest conveyed through farce and ridicule.

In addition to being the top "bad guy," President Ma is also known for his "death grip," also known as the "handshake of death." It began as an inside joke among netizens who noticed a number of Taiwanese athletes whose performances took turns for the worse after shaking hands publicly with the president. …

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