First daughter gets one over on the media, and well done

The China Post news staff

Over the past two days, Taiwan’s tabloids, newspapers and other media have gone into excess printing pictures of a male model who owns a clearly visible six-packed bod. In bold letters, headlines screamed: This is our first daughter’s husband! Yes, much to the surprise of the media and the nation — and even some officials — that is the lucky boy who has received the approval of President Ma Ying-jeou and first lady Chow Mei-ching for their daughter’s hand in marriage. Even more astonishingly, his striking good looks and high-end job (investment banker from Hong Kong) have caught the entire media off guard. Photos from Allen Tsai’s modeling career have been the focal point of nearly every media outlet over the past few days. Life-size cut-outs have already been made and used on television talk shows. After media learned that first daughter Lesley Ma was indeed married, reporters began frantically digging up any piece of information they could find about the mysterious man. It was then later revealed that the two lovebirds had their marriage registered in New York last year, and they are now residing in Hong Kong. Their small, private wedding banquet with only a few family members was top secret.

The typical, Ma-style tight-lippedness about the wedding drew the ire of some lawmakers. “There’s nothing to hide,” they said. “FYI, that is our first daughter’s husband.” Newspapers have also complained about the stinginess the Presidential Office displayed in releasing information about Tsai. Only after aides’ suggestions concerning national security did the president decide to confirm information about his son-in-law. Ma’s explanation: The daughter and the missus’ wishes. Although some might think it somehow peculiar that a national leader’s daughter would choose to act in such a low-key manner regarding her marriage, we should sympathize with her. Keep in mind that none of us know what it’s like to be a president’s child. It is not hard to believe that a national leader’s child is under immense pressure, a topic that has been portrayed repeatedly on the silver screen in the case of fictional characters, and in the media in the case of real ones.