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KMT taskforce to look into assets

Chu emphasizes new think tank and restructuring

KMT taskforce to look into assets

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At his first Central Standing Committee meeting since his inauguration, Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu said a taskforce would look into the controversial issue of the party’s assets.
The KMT has been accused of illegally claiming government assets, especially in the early period after it took over Taiwan from the Japanese colonial administration. President Ma Ying-jeou was slammed for failing to resolve the issue when he served as KMT chairman until resigning in the wake of last November’s devastating election defeat.
Chu told the CSC Wednesday that former Council of Labor Affairs Minister Jennifer Wang and KMT legislator Liao Cheng-ching would head a taskforce which would bring together professionals and experts to take a new look at the party’s assets and financial situation.
Chu, who also serves as mayor of New Taipei City, said that during his campaign for chairman, he had listened to many voices and opinions. He had started out his campaign with proposals for constitutional reform, but critics soon slammed him for avoiding the thorny issue of the KMT’s fortune. The opposition has said that truly democratic elections are not possible in Taiwan as long as the KMT has unfair amounts of funding at its disposal.
Turning to other internal party issues, Chu said he had asked Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin, the previous Taipei City mayor, to restart the formation of a think tank. Vice Chairwoman Huang Min-hui would have the task of preparing a restructuring of the party, with more emphasis on internalization, reliance on volunteers and readiness to fight, he said.
Chu was elected chairman last Saturday by 99.6 percent of KMT members who cast a ballot. When he took office last Monday, he cut down the number of vice chairpersons from seven to two. Cabinet secretary-general Lee Shih-chuan took over as the party’s secretary-general.
In the near future, the KMT will face five legislative by-elections on February 7, though its majority at the Legislature will not be threatened. Another KMT lawmaker, Alex Tsai, is facing a recall vote on February 14.


Updated : 2021-09-27 00:24 GMT+08:00