Holy shit! Chthonic frontman Freddy Lim was rcampaigning in recent months for a run at political office in Taiwan. The election was this past weekend and on January 16 it was announced that Lim had bested his competition and will soon be sworn into office!
According to Focus Taiwan, Lim has been elected as a legislator in Taipei's 5th district under the newly established New Power Party. Lim bested his competition Lin Yu-fang of the Kuomintang by over 6,000 votes, which is really, truly incredible.
We spoke to Freddy about his decision to run with an in-depth interview, and he said the political movement of the youth in the country was growing strong, which is what helped him decide to run:
I’ve been participating civil movements and public issues in Taiwan for a long time. I also served as the chair of Amnesty International Taiwan for 4 years (2 terms), and continue to push for political reforms. Many social movements in the past 2-3 years in Taiwan are the result of higher political participation among the younger generation. The call for reform by the Minister of Defense back in 2013 motivated 250,000 supporters to march. And the Sunflower Movement in 2014 also brought 500,000 people to the street after occupying the Legislature, just to name a few. All these newly established social awareness and forged the critical juncture for a new political party to form. Also for the same reason, my friends and I devoted ourselves to the election one after another.
So we wish Lim the best of luck in his political career and hope that we'll still get Chthonic albums as much as time permits for someone with that type of schedule.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was the first to break the news on his Instagram page:
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At the moment, I don't have the words to describe how proud I am of the man in the middle of this photo, my friend Freddy Lim. Freddy is standing here with his band mates, the members of Taiwan's black/death metal band, Chthonic. Why is Freddy wearing a suit while the rest of the band is in their crazy stage gear? Because Freddy decided to run for office in Taiwan's national legislative elections this year, trying gain a seat in their parliament/congress (or whatever the Taiwanese equivalent of that is- it's confusing to me). Not only that, he decided to start his own political party in order to do so, the New Power Party. I have been friends with Freddy & his bandmates since Chthonic played with us at Ozzfest in 2007- they have even flown me to Taiwan to play gigs & act in a crazy political/comedy/Kung fu movie. They are immensely cool people, & very engaged with their community in Taiwan. Freddy is also the president of Taiwan's chapter of Amnesty International, & has a done a ton of charity work. Taiwanese politics is an INCREDIBLY complex subject that I only barely comprehend (this goes back to the WWII era & the Chinese Civil War between Mao Zedong & Chiang Kai-shek- basically China still claims Taiwan as its own, & there are people in one of the political parties in Taiwan- the KMT- founded by Chiang Kai-shek, who claim that they are the rightful rulers of China, not the communists- it's freaking INSANE- technically & legally, the Chinese Civil War never ended), but basically Freddy ran on a platform of maintaining & solidifying Taiwanese national independence from China (which is another crazy issue, because technically no really knows Taiwan's legal status as a nation) & trying to fix income quality in Taiwan- AND HE WON. One of the six mainstream party opponents in the race urged people not to vote for him because he "has hair that is longer than a woman's hair and is mentally abnormal"- well, it looks like the people have spoken, so IN YOUR FACE, pal! Freddy is one of the most politically astute people I have ever met, & I am so proud of him for trying make a change in his country & community! CONGRATS, bro!