Ma Ying-jeou’s presidency hasn’t exactly been rainbows and roses, but we all thought he was doing better than this. According to the South China Morning Post, a leaky men’s room urinal put Ma’s legacy on the brink of oblivion.
South China Morning Post, I trusted you. Formerly one of the region’s best English-language news sources, now spending its resources covering Urinalgate. For the love of god don’t read the full article. Here’s the thrust of it:
The urinal in question was no ordinary receptacle, but one attached to a toilet wall at one of Taiwan’s most popular and politically symbolic tourist attractions: the National Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. […]
For more than six months, the urinal had sat idle. That is, until a tourist who used the toilet in July was apparently annoyed to find the urinal still broken when he visited the memorial again this month.
On January 3, the tourist posted online a photograph of the urinal and its out-of-order sign. The tourist said the hall’s failure to handle such a small matter was emblematic of its mismanagement. The newspapers naturally picked up the story. [Naturally]
That is how it landed on the desk of the island’s premier, Jiang Yi-huah, a Kuomintang ally of Ma’s. The premier was reportedly furious. Cabinet spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen described him as “indignant”. […]
If the urinal was left unfixed it would likely only increase the feeling Ma’s government is inefficient and insensitive. Instead, the urinal was fixed.
Shortly after Jiang’s phone call, the ministry said that repairs were conducted and that several officials who should have addressed the matter sooner had been disciplined.
Join us next week, when President Ma (or some anonymous underling) will replenish the toilet paper at the National Taiwan Museum and prove that the administration is really in-touch with the needs of the poor.
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