The China Post staff
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Cheng Yu-chen’s wife yesterday “took over” his husband’s office in the Legislative Yuan to prevent him from having an extra-marital affair with his key aide Wang Hsiao-chan. The China Times Express reported that Cheng and Wang had “close relations,” while schmoozing of Cheng and Wang has been heard recently in the parliament. The DPP lawmaker and his aide, who were in Shanghai, were scheduled to return to Taiwan tonight. Accompanied by Cheng’s elder sister Cheng Hung-ni, his wife Lu Pei-yin entered the office in the morning, before she announced that “I will work in this office every day in an effort to help my husband better serve his supporters.” If Lu works in the office in the future, Wang will then have to see Lu every day. Lu said that “I use my action to tell the public that I am the only hostess in my husband’s office.” Nonetheless, she refrained from detailing her husband’s relations with the aide. In response to Lu’s move, Wang told the press in a telephone interview that Cheng and she had never been informed of the “takeover” previously, adding that she had reported the matter to Cheng. Asked whether she had an affair with the DPP lawmaker, Wang replied that “Everything in the news reports (about the issue) is nothing but rumors. I am just one of Cheng Yu-chen’s aides.” Wang was an actress in ‘80s and early ‘90s. In 1999, John Chang, son of former President Chiang Ching-kuo, admitted to having an extra-marital affair with Wang and made a public apology.
Chang then resigned his post as director general of the Presidential Office when ex-President Lee Teng-hui was in office. Both Chang and Wang participated in the legislative election in December 2001. Chang won a seat in the parliament but Wang failed in the race. Local media reported that she got acquainted with Cheng Yu-chen earlier this year when she was introduced to the DPP lawmaker by another aide.