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Apple Daily: Another page turned on Chen Shui-bian's family

Apple Daily: Another page turned on Chen Shui-bian's family

Chen Chih-chung (???) withdrew from the Democratic Progressive Party's legislative primaries for reasons other than what he tried to have us believe. It is not because of "interventions by factions, the media and the Blue camp, which forced him to back out despite his 10-point advantage in opinion polls." In fact, his standing in the polls fell far behind his opponents within the party. It has even less to do with his professed "unwillingness to tear at the feelings of our supporters" because he had once insisted on running as an independent, which resulted in the loss of a DPP seat in the Legislative Yuan. The key to his latest decision lies in the change in the way the family of former President Chen Shui-bian (???) is viewed by DPP supporters. Most DPP supporters have mixed feelings toward the former president and his family. On the one hand, they are grateful for his contribution as someone who stood up against the Kuomintang (KMT) and who became Taiwan's first non-KMT head of state. On the other hand, they are agonized by the corruption that Chen was involved in during his latter years as president. A small minority still believes that Chen is innocent but what most people ask for is merely a quiet and comfortable environment in which the former president can have a peaceful retirement. The fact that his son insists on rejoining the party and running as a DPP candidate after the senior Chen had been granted medical parole represents a test to the sympathy and the moral fiber of most people in the Green camp. For example, Wang Sing-nan (???), a former pro-Chen legislator, has openly criticized Chen Chih-chung's decision to join the legislative race again after causing the DPP to lose a legislative seat in 2012. Wang also said the corruption case involving Chen and his family has disappointed DPP supporters and almost ruined the party. If Chen Chih-chung joined the legislative race, it would definitely intensify the competition within the DPP and stir confrontation among the party's supporters. This might ramify the situation and affect the former president's medical parole. This is the reason why Chen Shui-bian could not but ask his son to withdraw from the race. Chen Shui-bian's devotion to Taiwan's opposition movement since 30 years ago eventually led to Taiwan's first transition of power in 2000. But his corruption case also dealt a hard blow to Taiwan's democracy. The Chen family needs to quit politics before people can calmly evaluate his contributions and faults. (Editorial abstract -- March 14, 2015) (By Jay Chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-23 02:40 GMT+08:00