KMT legislators take boxing lessons after failed protest

KMT decides training needed after suffering ridicule by Taiwanese netizens

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KMT's Hung Meng-kai during a boxing class

KMT's Hung Meng-kai during a boxing class (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After failing to successfully occupy the Legislative Yuan in protest of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) nomination of Chen Chu (陳菊) for the head of the country’s government watchdog, former Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Chu Li-lun (朱立倫) announced over Facebook on Wednesday (July 1) that he and four other KMT legislators had taken boxing classes.

Chu Li-lun along with KMT legislators Hung Meng-kai (洪孟楷), Chen I-hsin (陳以信), Hsieh I-feng (謝衣鳳), and Li Kuei-min (李貴敏) took boxing lessons in order to get stronger in preparation for future fights, according to Chu. Chu’s office released photos and video of the KMT members during their training, adding that future classes will cover rock climbing and flywheel training, CNA reported.

Taiwanese netizens were quick to poke fun at the KMT’s very short occupation of the legislature and the ineffectiveness of KMT legislators, which caused members within the party to come up with the idea to take boxing classes to show the public their tough side.

KMT party members also noted that Chu a few days earlier had said that there was a need for checks and balances in a democratic society and that there should be opposition to one-party dominance. Chu said the Control Yuan cannot be dominated by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and asked the media and society to keep an eye on the DPP.

More than 20 KMT legislators broke into the Legislative Yuan on Sunday (June 28) to protest Chen Chu’s nomination as Control Yuan president. KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) told the media they would occupy the legislature for three days and three nights in protest; however, in the end, they only lasted about 20 hours.

KMT's Eric Chu takes a boxing class. CNA photo