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Liberty Times: Ex-lawmaker case exposes president's true face

Liberty Times: Ex-lawmaker case exposes president's true face

Allegations that Ho Chih-hui, a former Miaoli magistrate and former ruling Kuomintang (KMT) legislator, has bribed three judges and one prosecutor to find him not guilty in a corruption case in May not only displays Taiwan's corrupt judicial system but also shows the real face of the KMT, particularly President Ma Ying-jeou.
Despite growing condemnation of the incident, Ma, who is also the KMT chairman, has not offered an official response, while Juan Kang-meng, the head of the KMT's Evaluation and Discipline Committee, said Ho's party membership was revoked in March 2009.
Juan also said that Ma stumping for Ho is a thing of past and that the buck should not be passed to the KMT.
Are the public considered fools by the KMT and Ma? As most people know, Ho had been a KMT member throughout his political career before being expelled from the party for running in the election for Miaoli magistrate in defiance of party rules, and has close relations with the party.
However, following the breaking of the scandal, the KMT and Ma chose to turn their backs on Ho in an attempt to dodge political responsibility.
It is ridiculous that the KMT and Ma are trying to sever their ties with Ho now that Ho is in trouble, given that he was nominated by the KMT and elected to the legislature and that he then helped the KMT get its bills passed in the legislature and canvassed votes for Ma when he ran for the presidency in 2008, in return for their support.
Ho's case also exposes Ma's two special characteristics. First, he will establish relations with party members because of mutual benefits but will dump them when they lose their value. Second, he cares only about his own benefits and regards others as instruments who can be discarded at any time. This includes the KMT members and the rest of Taiwan's 23 million people.
Editorial abstract -- July 16, 2010. (By Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-06-16 18:40 GMT+08:00