Jeremy Lin — taking it to the legal court? (Photo/Xinhua)
An attempt to establish a "Jeremy Lin Party" in Taiwan has been rejected by the Ministry of the Interior, followed by rejection of an appeal against the decision earlier this year.
The Cabinet's Appeals and Petitions Committee on Nov. 1 turned down a Taiwanese man's appeal against the Ministry of the Interior's rejection of his application, seeking to establish a political party named after Lin, a well-known Houston Rockets point guard.
The ministry rejected the application in late March, saying the party's name did not conform to its purpose and that naming a party after another individual was against the civil law.
Although the applicant had changed his own name to Lin Shu-hao — the Chinese name of the Taiwanese-American NBA star — and filed the appeal with his new name, naming a political party after oneself was not considered customary in democratic politics, the ministry said.
"Names of natural persons are individual markers used to differentiate them with others and they are inseparable from the persons," the ministry said.
The ministry also disapproved of the idea of establishing such a party as it could lead the public into misbelieving that the party was related to the basketball player in some way, a document released by the committee said.
The applicant later filed an appeal with the committee, arguing that the Civil Organizations Act did not directly limit choices for naming political parties. In addition, he cited the ministry's approval of the Chung Shan Party, named after Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China who is also known as Sun Chung-Shan.
However, the committee dismissed the argument, saying Sun's name was widely used to name streets, schools, buildings and administrative districts.
In 2011, a group of local academicians had tried to form a "Taiwan Pirate Party" in a bid to push copyrights and patent law reforms. Their application was also turned down by the ministry, which said the name was unrelated to the party's purpose and might mislead the public into thinking the party had been formed by pirates.
Ministry data pointed out that as of Nov. 21, Taiwan had 230 political parties.