KMT member begs contentious pro-China legislator to quit amid reform crisis

Lo Chih-chiang says he will get down on his knees if Wu Sz-huai agrees to resign from legislative seat

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("The Winner" screengrab) 

("The Winner" screengrab) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the younger members of the Kuomintang (KMT) clamor for party reform in the wake of its rout in the general elections, one member singled out a highly contentious figure with criticism on Tuesday (Jan. 14).

Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強), former deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office, vented his rage on retired lieutenant general Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) on the online program “The Winner” (我要當選) hosted by media figure Huang Wei-han (黃暐瀚).

Wu has been elected as an at-large legislator of the KMT, but his nomination last year sparked controversy, drawing howls of criticism from both within the party and among the public for his pro-China leanings. He was famously filmed listening to a speech by Xi Jinping during a trip to China in 2016.

“I foresaw the catastrophic outcome of the elections for the KMT the day Wu was placed on the nomination list,” Lo said bitterly. Noting that the party has been put on the defensive on this issue, he lamented that the decision to send Wu to the legislature cost many of the party's outstanding legislative candidates their seats.

Lo went on to castigate the KMT for failing to keep abreast of the times and learn about why netizens have been lashing out against the party. He implored Wu to resign from the legislature in the interest of the party “even if you want me to kneel.”