DPP lawmaker Tuan Yi-kang won’t seek re-election


The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Legislator Tuan Yi-kang of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Wednesday that he will neither seek re-election after this term nor pursue any position in government, party or public service.

In a Facebook post the same day, Tuan said, “People who provoke me and say they want to shadow me and hunt me down — they don’t know me.”

Tuan, who has also served on the DPP’s Central Standing Committee and the Taipei City Council, has been involved in several controversies. Most recently, he was sued in 2015 by former President Ma Ying-jeou after Tuan claimed he had illegally accepted NT$200 million during his campaign in 2008. The Taipei District Court mandated Tuan to pay Ma NT$600,000. In addition, Tuan was forced to apologize to voters in Hualien in 2016 when he criticized them after the DPP lost a by-election following the death of Hualien City Mayor Tien Chih-hsuan.

He said that for those who take over the legislature, there are several tasks to be finished, including marriage equality, pension reform, the transitional justice and Legislative Yuan reform, and choosing the least sought-after post at Legislative Yuan’s Judicial Committee.

He said that last year’s bills on transitional justice and marriage equality, as well as this year’s on public pension, respectively, are waiting on the Judicial Committee’s review. Review of the largest and most complex congressional law reforms will also be resumed in the next session.

He said, “Those who want settle a score with me – come now; in the future, you will not be able to find me.”