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United Daily News: KMT think tank needs revamping

United Daily News: KMT think tank needs revamping

Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu's (???) proposal to reshape the party's National Policy Foundation (NPF, ??????? ??) is a challenge the party needs to face and take advantage of if it wants to rejuvenate itself. Chu, who will replace the think tank's current chairman, former Vice President Lien Chan (??), said there has to be a personnel reshuffle so that the organization can play an effective role. The foundation, which was restructured in 2000 with the aim of getting back power from the then-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), no longer fits that mission. Over the past 15 years, the KMT has not only regained power but has also changed as Taiwanese society moves forward. Taiwan has experienced greater political division, with a worse economy and an increasing income gap tearing up society. Cross-Taiwan Strait relations have improved but have slowed down again, and the anxiety and sense of deprivation among the younger generation has increased. All these are challenges that a think tank trapped in a time capsule is ill equipped to deal with, as is clearly demonstrated by the party's crushing defeat in last November's local elections. Those think tank "heavyweights," most of whom are retired government officials, should step down so that young people can push for reforms to improve the party. If Chu can stick to his commitments, perhaps the public will be willing to give the party a thumbs-up. Otherwise, the KMT will only continue to fade. (Editorial abstract -- Jan. 30, 2015) (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-24 18:14 GMT+08:00