ZONING LAWS: Wei Ming-jen said that those who are to demolish illegal parts of his property on Wednesday next week would be ‘severely punished by the motherland’
Date: Sep 22, 2018
By: Chang Tsung-chiu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Changhua County Government yesterday suspended power and water supply to a
former Buddhist temple that was converted into a shrine to Chinese communism by a local businessman, and said it would demolish illegal buildings on the property next week.
Former military officer Wei Ming-jen (魏明仁), who works in construction, acquired a Buddhist temple in the county’s Ershuei Township (二水) seven years ago. He ousted the temple’s four nuns and began flying the national flag of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the complex.
The New York Times on Wednesday called Wei’s actions a move to establish “an extravagant shrine to China’s communist party.”
Changhua County Commissioner Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷) yesterday at a news conference in the county rejected claims by some locals and county councilors that his inaction on the issue and was “a shame on Taiwan,” saying that they were not aware of the entire story. [FULL STORY]