Bill proposes repurposing CKS hall and relocating all Chiang statues

DPP lawmaker Pasuya Yao calls for the shuttering of CKS hall and removal of all Chiang statues nationwide

CKS Memorial Hall being closed off from the public during 2.28 Incident anniversary.

CKS Memorial Hall being closed off from the public during 2.28 Incident anniversary. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Amid the recent rancor over the decapitation of the statue of former President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), which had been carried out in retaliation for similar vandalizing of a statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Pasuya Yao (姚文智) has drafted a bill calling for the repurposing of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the removal of all the nation's statues of Chiang.

In response to the recent spate of statue decapitations, Yao said that responsibility lies with the government, and that it should implement transitional justice and remove symbols of authoritarianism instead of engaging in ideological quarrels, otherwise there will be no peace.

In the bill, Yao calls for the abolishment of the Organization Act of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Management Office (國立中正紀念堂管理處組織法). Yao proposes that the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall be shut down and converted for other purposes.

He recommends all statues and symbols associated with Chiang be removed and relocated to the Cihu Mausoleum (慈湖陵寢) located in Taoyuan's Dasi District.

Yao also called on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) to immediately remove the 47 Chiang statues still in the city of Taipei. Mayor Ko has voiced his opposition to the removal of the statues saying that he does not believe the people of Taiwan should rush to take down all the statues just because they are "displeasing to the eyes."