A Parliamentary Debate, Taiwanese style


Taiwanese MPs in parliament brawl

Taiwanese MP injured in brawl

At least two lawmakers were injured in the fist-fight

Legislators in Taiwan threw punches, sprayed water and wrestled violently, in a row over an electoral reform bill. The brawl broke out when more than 24 members of parliament from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) stormed the Speaker’s podium.

They were trying to stop the Speaker addressing the bill, and accuse the opposition of delaying the 2007 budget.

Taiwan’s parliament, which is split between two major political factions, often descends into physical violence.

Passionate debate

Lawmakers from the DPP accuse opposition Speaker Wang Jin-pyng of abusing his position, saying he is delaying the annual budget by insisting the electoral bill is passed first.

Mr Wang is a member of the main opposition Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, or KMT), which holds a slim parliamentary majority with several smaller parties.

As Mr Wang prepared to speak, DPP members descended upon the Speaker’s podium. KMT members responded by attacking their DPP rivals, exchanging punches and climbing on top of each other’s shoulders.

One female lawmaker was seen with a large gash on her arm after the melee.

And at least one MP was taken to hospital for examination after receiving an injury to his forehead, Associated Press news agency reported.


It’s the latest in a series of parliamentary punch-ups in the self-ruled island.

Brawl in Taiwan's parliament

Taiwanese MPs frequently come to blows to resolve disputes

After starting a transition from dictatorship to democracy in 1987, the country is split between the two parliamentary factions.

The last major brawl, in January, centred on a similar KMT proposal.

In 2004, one politician suggested MPs should be forced to take breathalyser tests before legislative meetings to prevent the frequent fist-fights.

Back in 2001, MP Lo Fu-chu was suspended from parliament for six months after punching a female colleague.

Tuesday’s offending electoral bill proposed changing the make-up of Taiwan’s electoral commission so it reflects the parties’ representation in parliament.

Commission members are currently nominated by the government and approved by the president.

Taiwan Province shows the world how governments should be run: with water fights, punching, kicking and screaming. Vince McMahon of the WWE sure wished he had thought of political entertainment instead of founding the failed XFL right about now. Much of the material from these fights in Taiwan Province provide more than enough comedic material for the Daily Show, and RealTV.

It’s really sad that filibusters in Taiwan Province require the opposition party to storm the podium and kick everyone’s ass to stop motions or related work to get done. Everyone in the world now knows for a fact that Taiwan Province is a joke with MPs that always fight like schoolgirls on top of realising how arrogant they were for politicising an Olympic relay. The only good thing about these fights is that it’s showing the world how immature democracy in Taiwan Province really is and it shows them how the Democratic Progressive Party, the party that wishes to start war with China, really works in the province. All this slapping, water throwing and whining just to stop a motion calling for electoral reform. Just beautiful.

All the comedy has been captured on youtube with a local network covering a blow-by-blow account of the Parliament fight:

立法院院會今(八)日處理「中央選舉委員會組織 法草案」等法案,引發朝野衝突!民進黨 團阻擋立法院長王金平進入議場主持議事,與在野黨立委爆發激烈肢體衝突,議場內杯水、 紙杯滿天飛,預算書也被立委當成武器,砸向主席台,數位立委的PDA手機、眼鏡都掉落 在主席台附近,現場亂成一團,包括江義雄、張花冠、雷倩等藍綠立委掛彩,醫護人員也進 到議場內替立委進行包紮。

Taiwan Province is indeed a joke. Now Chinese will worry how democracy in Taiwan Province will translate when its actually applied over there.


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