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President unfit to lead KMT: Tsai

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If President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who yesterday took over as chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), cares only about his personal integrity but is unable to control his party, then he is unfit to lead the KMT, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a TV interview yesterday.

Tsai urged voters to be fully cognizant of the failings of the KMT when they cast their votes for the year-end election in December.

Panning the KMT for continuing to use the “archaic” tactics of vote-buying and bribery in elections, Tsai said the party’s “pompous attitude” was an obvious indication of how it underestimates the wisdom of voters and sabotages Taiwan’s democracy.

Since the last legislative election, three KMT lawmakers have been stripped of their titles after being found guilty of vote-buying. Two more KMT lawmakers face the same charges.

“Ma has always touted himself as a person of integrity and high moral values. If that is true, what good does it do if his party remains corrupt? If he thinks that all a party chairman needs to do is remain clean, then he is unfit to be one. The age of heroism has passed. Now is the time for the party to regroup and stand in solidarity,” Tsai said.

In a statement, the DPP yesterday listed three appeals to the newly installed chairman: allow an independent commission to evaluate the KMT’s possible illicit party assets; normalize Taiwan’s election process by eliminating all illegal campaign tactics; and push for an amendment to the Referendum Law (公民投票法) to give the public a fair chance to voice their opinions.

During the interview, Tsai said DPP research shows that the chance of the party winning a multiple victory in the year-end local government chief elections is looking brighter than ever. The toughest battle remains the KMT’s longstanding practice of vote-­buying or paying off local leaders to sway constituents, she said.

The DPP, however, should not count on winning in the elections solely because of the KMT’s ineptness or apparent disunity, but rather, all DPP nominees must work together to persuade voters through their actions and pragmatic policies, she said.

If the DPP sweeps the December elections, which represent nearly 9 million people, she said, it would be a major confidence booster for the party to gear up for next year’s mayoral elections for Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, which will represent approximately 14 million people.

Tsai also called on the KMT, which occupies two-thirds of the legislature’s seats, to consent to a referendum on the government’s highly debated economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China.

Earlier this week, the Council of Labor Affairs said it will provide three months of unemployment benefits for people who are directly impacted by the trade deal.

“The responsibility of the government is to create jobs, not merely to provide a three-month subsidy when people lose their jobs. If the government insists on operating according to this logic, then an ECFA will undoubtedly be the biggest disaster in Taiwan’s history,” Tsai said while urging voters to express their suspicion of the pact through their ballots.

When asked if Tsai would lead the battle next year by joining in one of the races, the chairperson remained non-committal except to say that her duty as party chief is to make sure party policies are formulated and executed properly.

Source: Taipei Times 2009/10/18

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Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao, left, and Pastor John Jyigiokk pose for a picture in this undatred photo.
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