Tsai pledges to carry out last wishes of farmer’s rights activist
Nov 19, 2017Business & FinanceComments Off on Tsai pledges to carry out last wishes of farmer’s rights activist
President Tsai Ing-wen marked the passing of life-long farmer's rights activist Tai Chen-yao, who died of pancreatic cancer early on Sunday morning at the age of 70.
Tai, a native of Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, served as vice chairman of the government's Council of Agriculture, and for several terms as legislator. Before that he served a three-year prison sentence for his role in the pro-democracy protests of 1979, which would later become known as the Kaohsiung Incident.
But Tai is perhaps best known for pushing agricultural reform, and speaking out for the rights of Taiwanese farmers.
President Tsai awarded Tai with one of the nation's highest honors � the Order of the Brilliant Star � in late September of this year. That was for his contributions to Taiwan's agricultural development.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Tsai spoke of that honor, saying that even though Tai was sick at the time of the ceremony, all he could speak about was the rights of the farmers.
Tsai also said in her post that the best tomatoes and pumpkins she had ever eaten were grown by Tai himself. She said that it was almost as though the flavors reflected his life-long efforts and his eternal optimism.
Tsai also pledged to carry out Tai's last wish: to fight for agricultural reform so that all the nation's farmers may lead a life of dignity.