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Corruption of any form unacceptable

Corruption of any form unacceptable

The visits by ruling Democratic Progressive Party's elected officials to a private club in company of female escorts are disappointing and prompt people to wonder if the transfer of power six years ago was futile.
In March 2000, the people of Taiwan gave the-then opposition DPP the presidency in the hope that the party could free the government from the influence of corruption and other misdeeds as promised.
The pledge has proved to be a pipe dream. Like their counterparts under the former Kuomintang administration, many DPP officials have indulged themselves in various luxuries paid by business groups.
The recent visits by DPP elected officials, as caught by a Chinese-language newspaper, may reveal only the tip of the iceberg. None of them denied the visits but insisted nevertheless they did not engage in any wrongdoing.
The argument is hard to swallow. It serves only to sap the public's confidence in politicians' credibility -- at a time when corruption scandals plague the first family and key government officials.
With less than two years before the country elects a new president, the DPP must bear in mind why the people voted down the KMT in 2000 and 2004. It must keep business groups at a distance. It must also shun other frowned-on activities. Corruption of any kind is unacceptable.


Updated : 2020-11-30 06:52 GMT+08:00