Newsmakers explores the people behind the headlines. Get to know more about Taiwan's - and the world's - most prominent figures. Tune in to this short feature as we present the background and stories behind these newsworthy personalities.
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Fan Yun, an outspoken women’s rights activist, has been in the news over the past week. The sociology professor-turned-lawmaker has come under fire for what critics say is applying a double standard towards a sex scandal involving former Presidential Office spokesperson Ernesto Ting, who is also a DPP member.
The Lay Judges Act is set to become effective on January 1, 2023. The Legislature passed the third reading of the bill on July 22, the last day of the summer’s extraordinary session, after around 30 hours of struggle.
The Taipei Zoo’s panda cub has been given the name “Yuanbao.” That’s according to an announcement the zoo made on Sunday. The name Yuanbao received over 8,700 votes in a naming contest, beating out the runner-up, “Rourou.”
Former President Ma Ying-jeou has been in the news recently because of comments he made at a forum held by his foundation last Saturday. The forum was called “National Insecurity: How can Taiwan make itself safe in a dangerous situation?"
Kaohsiung Mayor-elect Chen Chi-mai is set to take office next Monday. Last week, Chen won a mayoral by-election with 70% of the vote. Opposition KMT candidate Li Mei-jhen secured just 26% of the vote, followed in third place by the Taiwan People’s Party’s Wu Yi-jheng, with just 4%.