By Beth Main.
The Taiwanese Interior Ministry has rejected an application to form a political party under the name of Taiwanese-American NBA basketball star Jeremy Lin.
The application was refused on the grounds that naming a political party after a person is illegal as it may mislead the public, announced the Appeals and Petitions Committee. Devastating news for the man who submitted the application after having changed his own name to Lin Shuhao (Jeremy Lin’s Chinese name).
Born to Taiwanese parents in Los Angeles, 24-year-old Jeremy Lin shot to fame after joining the New York Knicks earlier this year, he has now signed up for 3 years with the Houston Rockets.
The Jeremy Lin party, endorsed by 30 people, is not actually the first Taiwanese political party to be named after someone, the ZhongShan Party formed in 1999 is named after Sun Yat Sen, Taiwan’s founding father. Something of a loophole there presumably.
The Jeremy Lin party’s primary aim was to pursue free healthcare for all of Taiwan. Unfortunately it is not the only innovative political party to fall foul of the system, the Taiwan Pirate Party was also refused in 2011.