Man this story killed me.
I guess somebody in Taiwan read some psychology books and gathered that military personnel were more likely to be more comfortable if there was an atmosphere of love and camaraderie. So, they decided to manufacture one by ordering the new recruits to hug their squad leaders on a regular basis.
Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long before they were getting feedback that the recruits weren’t fans of this. How did they put it? It made them feel sick and uneasy?
The funniest part of this whole story was the way the program’s creater, Lee Tien-yu (李天羽), reacted to the criticism. He tried to defend it…until a minister in the opposition asked him to hug the Director General of the Political Warfare Bureau. then, everything turned on its head and after stammering that he wasn’t that close to him, the policy was brought to a screeching halt.
Damn, some news stories are just too funny.