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Taiwanese president denies tears for graft-accused councilor
Publication Date : 18-04-2013
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday denied sobbing over the recent controversies involving former Central Standing Committee members Lai Su-ju and Lin Yi-shih's, despite a recent media report of an emotional breakdown.
Next Magazine published an article yesterday reporting that Ma shed tears after the two party members had been respectively named in headline-grabbing bribery scandals. Kuomintang (KMT) staff office Director Lai had been roped into the Taipei Twin Towers development project controversy, while former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin was suspected in several allegations in a separate party-shaming affair.
Even before the news of the scandals broke, commentators had long noted the close personal and professional bond Ma had with both Lai and Lin.
In that controversial Next Magazine story, which cites several high-ranking KMT officials, the report also claims that while the president was discussing Lai's controversy with staff on April 2, Ma allegedly vowed never to hire a former elected official to an important post within the party ever again.
Lai and Lin are both former elected officials.
In response, during the KMT's weekly Central Standing Committee meeting, Ma denied weeping, as well as his alleged promise not to select former elected officials for party staff positions.
Ma said Vice President Wu Den-yih, KMT Vice Chairman Tseng Yung-chuan, Central Standing Committee member Yang Chiu-hsing and many other party members are all former elected officials.
Ma added that the KMT never considers a person's previous political experience when considering a party member for a staff position.
Encounter obstacles, keep walking
In the wake of the death of former British head of state Margaret Thatcher, KMT Central Standing Committee member Chiu Fu-sheng said that her political doctrine, Thatcherism, has become the talk of the town. Among the tenets of Thatcherism is to have the courage and resolution to implement bold public reforms, Chiu added.
Chiu added that he hopes the KMT will manifest its own version of Thatcherism via reform policies.
The president said that many reform policies are for the country's long-term development; therefore, even when the government encounters difficulties, it will keep trying to communicate with the public and will not be discouraged.
Ma said that to achieve a better society, the government must work harder on reform policies.