One Bentley and 35 BMWs, 1,900 tables, political VIPs among over 15,000 guests and a bill surpassing NT$20 million - it was a marriage fit for royalty, but in fact celebrated the wedding of the 16-year-old son of Legislator Yen Chin-piao.
The Non-Partisan Solidarity Union legislator's youngest son, Yen Chia-yi, joined hands with his high school sweetheart, 15-year-old Su Yu-han, who is five months pregnant.
The event was hosted in Shalu, in Taichung county, just west of the city. Taichung has long been a KMT stronghold, so the reader can imagine just how well run our fine city is, and how free of local political corruption. What kind of person is Yen?
Yen is better known, however, for his alleged involvement in a number of crimes and scandals, including the Chinese Professional Baseball League's gambling debacle in 1997.
He has been convicted of corruption, illegal possession of firearms, attempted murder and aggravated burglary.
The wedding party was more a show of Yen Chin-piao's political muscle than a celebration of the new couple's friends, bringing together political figures of various parties, including the opposition Kuomintang's former chairman, Lien Chan (連戰), incumbent Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as well as Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) were said to have been on the reception's guest list, but neither appeared at the ceremony.
The Chinese papers were a bit franker about affairs:
A rough translation: "Yesterday from north and south came no small amount of "brothers" using the names of companies to attend, taking up more than a dozen tables, wearing black clothing and black pants. Everybody looked at them."
The paper went on to report that police were videoing the participants.
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