Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My friend and longtime Hualien resident Ryan sent around this pic. Hualien County Chief Fu Kun-qi, an "independent" with longtime KMT ties, recently spent what appears to be county money on this empty bag which he handed out to county residents, labeling it a Tsunami Survival Kit. Naturally his name is prominent on it. Ryan helpfully translated the list of stuff you should put in it:
The list of things... 1. water 2. food 3. copies of your ID 4. cash 5. first aid 6. work gloves 7. flashlight 8. coat/underwear 9. blanket 10. light raincoat 11. heat pack 12. tissue/face mask 13. stationery 14. spare keys 15. swiss army knife/whistle...
"Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-qi cares about the safety of your family."
Ryan added:
Notably absent: water purification tablets. Duct tape. Plastic bags. Can opener. Hygiene products (sanitizer). Tools. extra batteries. candles. flares. water-proof matches. lighter. rope.
Fu's tale is told here.
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Andrew Kerslake said...

What that pack is really missing, is the map to the stores run by Fu and his cronies where you can buy said items.

Restaurant Brugge said...

thanks 4 sharing this post with us

Ryan said...

Worst County Magistrate in Taiwan (and I don't say that lightly).

Anonymous said...

Well, such gestures actually work in rural places, where people don't consider themselves on equal terms with the governor, and thus feel very appreciated to be thought of.

Ryan said...

Also, you forgot to mention that the bag is empty. He is handing out a bag with a list for things that should be inside it, if you are inclined to bother.