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Han Kuo-yu ignites debate after comparing migrant workers to chickens (2019/08/30)
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    Han Kuo-yu ignites debate after comparing migrant workers to chickens (2019/08/30)

    Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu has been hit with a public backlash, after he compared migrant workers to chickens. In a livestream, he remarked that the professionals leaving Taiwan were like phoenixes, and that the workers entering Taiwan were like chickens. The metaphor has drawn a protest from President Tsai, who said foreign laborers should be thanked and not denigrated. Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan also defended the migrant labor force and called on Han to make a public apology.

    In the livestream of his second policy presentation, Han addressed the topic of brain drain in Taiwan. When talk turned to the flow of labor, he made an analogy that many saw as discriminatory.

    Han Kuo-yu
    KMT presidential nominee
    Talent keeps flowing out and only laborers come in. That creates a problem. The phoenixes have all flown away. The ones that come in are a bunch of chickens.

    Sitting next to him was former minister without portfolio Joyce Feng, who protested the remark. Han rushed to apologize for the remark, saying that no discrimination was intended.

    Han Kuo-yu
    KMT presidential nominee
    I hope that the phoenixes abroad can all fly back to Taiwan. We can create more competitive conditions and a superior environment. That's all I meant to say. Maybe my mouth ran too fast with that example. My Chinese zodiac sign is the rooster, so I thought of chickens -- chickens coming in one by one. All I want is for phoenixes to do the same.

    Han tried to backtrack after the broadcast, but the comment had already ignited public discussion.

    Tsai Ing-wen
    President
    Immigrants and foreign laborers are welcome here. We thank them for their contributions to Taiwanese society. Let's do away with these prejudices in Taiwanese society.

    Tsai called on Han to respect foreign workers in Taiwan. The mayor of Taoyuan - the city with the most foreign labor in Taiwan - also rebuked Han for the analogy.

    Cheng Wen-tsan
    Taoyuan mayor
    I think that, as a presidential nominee, you shouldn't have these slips of the tongue. There are foreign embassies that are really concerned about this type of thing. I think this blunder warrants a formal apology.

    Back in March, Han had apologized for using the derogatory term "Maria" to refer to citizens from the Philippines. Just a few months later, he's under fire for a similar incident.

    中文 Chinese  
    韓"鳳走雞來"說挨批歧視 鄭文燦:應正式道歉

    高雄市長韓國瑜,講高階人才外流問題,卻脫口"鳳凰都飛走了,進來一大堆雞",挨批歧視移工!蔡總統就說,要感謝新移民,破除歧視想法,桃園市長鄭文燦,也認為韓國瑜身為總統候選人,應該正式道歉。

    第二場國政發表會直播,韓國瑜談到高階人才外流問題,卻出現歧視移工的言論。

    [[國民黨總統參選人 韓國瑜]]
    "人才一直不停流出去,只有勞動力進到台灣,這會形成一個問題,鳳凰都飛走了,進來一大堆雞"

    坐在旁邊的前政務委員馮燕,趕快拉他的手糾正,韓國瑜連忙道歉,強調這不是他的原意。

    [[國民黨總統參選人 韓國瑜]]
    "希望國外的鳳凰一隻隻飛到台灣來,我們創造更好的競爭條件,跟優勢環境,沒有其他的意思,我那個舉例可能一時口快,自己屬雞就想到雞,一隻隻雞飛進來,我是希望鳳凰也飛進來"

    會後聯訪,韓國瑜為自己澄清,但話題持續在政壇發酵。

    [[總統 蔡英文]]
    "新移民跟移工,我們都很歡迎他們,我們也感謝他們,對台灣社會所做的貢獻,讓這些歧視從台灣社會消失"

    蔡總統要韓國瑜尊重移工,全台移工最多的桃園市,市長鄭文燦也跳出來抱不平。

    [[桃園市長 鄭文燦]]
    "我想作為總統候選人,不應該有這樣的失言,幾個駐外代表處,都非常關切這件事情,我覺得這個失言應該要正式道歉"

    韓國瑜今年三月,才脫口而出怎麼瑪麗亞變我們老師了,挨批歧視菲律賓人,道歉卻仍再犯,要說只是失言,實在說不過去。
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