Date: Jul 31, 2017
By Hung Jui-chin and Lu Kuan-cheng / Staff reporters
A petition to replace Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen’s (孫中山) image on the
NT$10 coin with that of philanthropist Chuang Chu Yu-nu (莊朱玉女) had collected more than 5,000 online signatures on the National Development Council’s Public Policy Network Participation Platform as of Saturday.
Until Thursday, the petition had received little attention since its June 20 launch, with just 28 people signing it.
However, after the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) on Thursday published a story about the petition, the number of signatures rose by 3,000 in one day and reached 5,000 on Saturday.
The council’s platform allows the public to propose policies. A proposal must obtain 5,000 signatures within 60 days of its launch to warrant a response from the government, which means the government must respond to the coin petition by Sept. 29.
Chuang Chu was born in 1920 in Penghu County’s Baisha Township (白沙). After moving to Kaohsiung, she met a group of people from Baisha who worked at the docks unloading cargo. She allowed them to live in her warehouse and offered them free meals. [FULL STORY]