Finance minister, lawmakers explain controversial MRT slaying comments (2014/05/23)

Today a bureaucrat and lawmakers sought to explain comments on the MRT slayings that were perceived as being insensitive. The finance minister who wondered why nobody on the train attempted to take down the killer took back his comment, while two lawmakers who said people should be more alert said they simply wanted to look out for people’s welfare. 

After the most violent episode in MRT history, an official pointed blame at passengers.

Chang Sheng-ford (May 22)
Finance Minister
I find it regrettable that a single person with a 30-centimeter knife could confront so many people without one playing the hero.

Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford’s comment met disapproval from some lawmakers. Today, he took it back.

Chang Sheng-ford
Finance Minister
What I said was not accurate and led to a misunderstanding. Surprise led me to make this comment, and I now regret it.

Others who criticized passengers include KMT legislators Chiang Hui-chen and Lin Te-fu. Chiang said people too focused on their cell phones ignored their safety while Lin wondered why it took so long for anyone to hit the onboard MRT alarm. Both elaborated today.

Chiang Hui-chen
KMT Legislator
This could be compared to a mother’s daily warnings to her children to be careful. She may say to be cautious driving your scooter. Don’t hit anyone and drive defensively so others don’t hit you.

Lin said he too meant to warn people out of goodwill.

低頭命滑掉

捷運殺人事件,財政部長張盛和昨天說出「當時為何沒有人見義勇為?」,國民黨立委江惠貞發言批低頭族,滑手機把命都滑掉了,林德福更質疑民眾怎麼第一時間沒有趕快按緊急鈴,這些言論,引來質疑,三人今天紛紛出面澄清。

捷運爆發史上最嚴重的殺人事件,有官員把茅頭指向了乘客。

[[財政部長 張盛和(5.22)]]
“我覺得有點遺憾的是,為什麼一個人拿30公分的刀,可以對付這麼多人,那為什麼沒有一個人見義勇為”

這番發言立刻被立委批評太冷血,張盛和今天在立院澄清。

[[財政部長 張盛和]]
“我表達不精準,讓大家誤解,我表達歉意,我是驚訝發生這種事情”

同樣被外界撻伐的還有國民黨立委江惠貞說,民眾顧著滑手機把命都滑掉了。林德福質疑乘客警覺性不夠,為什麼沒有趕快按緊急鈴。兩人今天也出面說明。

[[立委(國) 江惠貞]]
“就好像一個母親,對於小孩子每天出門的交代,大概就是說,注意安全喔,小心喔,騎機車你不能去撞別人,也要防止人家來撞你”

林德福則是強調自己是出自一片善意跟提醒。

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