Restaurant’s billboard criticizes Ma
By Huang Hsu-lei and Jason Pan / Staff reporter, with staff
A banner reading “Mr. Ching-kuo:
Ma is rebelling” is seen on the sign above a restaurant in Greater Kaohsiung on
Tuesday last week.
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times
The owner of a Greater Kaohsiung
restaurant famous for his stance against Chinese tourists has shifted focus of
his anger to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
Liu Ming-sung (劉明松) made headlines for posting a billboard over the entrance to
his restaurant near Sanmin Park that reads: “We do not welcome Chinese people.”
He said it reflected his opposition to China’s political suppression and
bullying of Taiwan.
He recently added a banner that reads: “Mr. Ching-kuo: Ma is rebelling” (經國先生:
The message refers for former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) and insinuates
that Ma has rebelled against and betrayed the Constitution and the nation’s
“In recent years, I have found that a significant number of Chinese visitors are
supportive of Taiwan. On the other hand, it is inside Taiwan that many of our
own people are subservient, pandering to China’s demands. There are countless
numbers of these people selling out Taiwan to China,” Liu said.
“Will Taiwan be ruled by China? This will depend on if Taiwanese can share a
strong sense of common fate and national identity,” he said. “I want to
encourage everyone in our society, regardless of their political color or
affiliation, to unite to resist the communist ‘Red Tide.’”
He said Ma is selling out Taiwan, even though Ma used to call himself a faithful
follower of Chiang.
“Ma is betraying Chiang’s legacy, and acting in contrary to Chiang’s
principles,” Liu said.
“Despite Ma facing the lowestever approval rating at 9 percent, he still feels
no shame,” Liu said.
“There are citizens in China who admire Taiwan, so we must not lose our
self-belief,” he added.