Freddy Lim: Meet Taiwan’s new rock’n’roll lawmaker

Ponytail-sporting ‘black metal’ singer defies the odds to win seat in parliament

The Independent
Date: January 20, 2016
By: Adam Sherwin

With his leather trousers, ponytail and facial tattoos, Freddy Lim certainly

Freddy Lim at an election rally in Taipei Getty Images

Freddy Lim at an election rally in Taipei Getty Images

cuts a dash among Taiwan’s legislators.

The frontman of Asia’s leading “black metal” band has just won a seat in Parliament following an election which swept pro-democracy candidates to power.

Standing for the New Power Party, Mr Lim, the lead singer with Chthonic, defeated Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) member of parliament Lin Yu-fang, who had held his seat for two decades.

Mr Lim, who wears facial corpse-paint depicting the “eight generals of hell” in Taoist lore on stage, intends to combine the band’s international festival appearances with his legislative duties.

The election ended seven decades of KMT dominance, handing control to the pro-independence Democratic Progress Party (DPP). Tsai Ing-wen, the DPP’s candidate, will become Taiwan’s first female president, sealing the historic transfer of power, which has raised tensions with China. One of five New Power Party legislators elected to the new parliament, Mr Lim capitalised on his popularity among the nation’s youth by staging a 20,000-capacity concert in Taipei’s landmark Liberty Square on Boxing Day.   [FULL STORY]


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