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Announcement of Ma's bid is 'unimaginable,' Yu declares

Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) announcement of a bid to run for the presidency just after being indicted on corruption charges "is unimaginable and impossible to understand," the chairman of the ruling party said yesterday. In response to media questions while attending a party function at the Chientan Youth Activity Center, Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>) said Ma's announcement that he intends to run for president in 2008 is "obviously a bid to get attention and shows that he does not respect or believe in the justice system." The DPP chairman said that the KMT chairman's actions "are diametrically opposed to those of former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou and the Ma Ying-jeou who, as minister of justice, continually demanded that everyone respect the judicial system." Yu also stated that the motion in the KMT Central Standing Committee to revise an "anti-corruption" clause in the party's charter so that Ma can be nominated by the former ruling party as its presidential candidate "shows that the claims of Ma and the KMT that they are reforming are false." "Ma's use of this method to respond to his indictment is setting a very bad example to our society and I believe that the people will pass judgment on his actions," the DPP chairman declared. Earlier, Yu said that the judgment of the judicial system should be respected, but also noted that Ma's statements on the case had been "self-contradictory." "At first Ma said that the special allowances were public funds and he had used them for public purposes, but later he said that he had mistaken these allowances as personal funds," Yu pointed out. Asked for his reaction to the indictment, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) stated that "this is a judicial case and we should respect the judicial process."

Updated : 2021-09-21 11:35 GMT+08:00