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Liberty Times: Minor leaguer Ma

Liberty Times: Minor leaguer Ma

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 2 of a daily roundup) Since Ma Ying-jeou assumed the chairmanship of Kuomintang on Oct.
19, he has consolidated the power, money and brains of the administration and the party.
However, two incidents in the past two months reveal the bankruptcy of his credibility. On Dec. 5, the KMT suffered a serious setback in local elections. During the latest round of cross-strait negotiations, the KMT old guard's denunciation of the Ma administration became the main show and the curtain has yet to be drawn on "League A vs. League C" farce.
How come a president with such a high position could have lost his grip so easily? Why is it that the Ma Ying-jeou phenomenon is fleeting? This could become a much talked about topic as people observe the next step in Taiwan's political evolution.
The soap opera in which Lien Chan, James Soong, Chen Yunlin and Ma's subordinates all have their roles can be seen as a preface of the show. It doesn't matter who belongs to League A or League C. The truth is that no one sees Ma as a member of the A League and Ma himself has failed to be a member of the A League.
For an administration relying on the support of China, in theory, it should be able to create "the Santa Claus Effect" of gaining a boost after a round of negotiations between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communists. Nevertheless, a magazine opinion poll after the Chiang-Chen negotiations indicated that the KMT's credibility is edging nearer to that of the Democratic Progressive Party. Ma has taken all the possible steps to regain momentum -- assuming chairmanship of the ruling party, summoning his "switchblade" friend to help, and inviting an imperial commissioner. However, he was not able to reverse the situation.
There is one and only reason for that -- Ma himself has led to his own downfall.
(By Lillian Lin)




Updated : 2021-05-12 14:18 GMT+08:00