Taiwan’s National Palace Museum treasures not KMT assets: Committee

Committee urges Kuomintang to return all remaining ill-gotten party assets

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(Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee photo)

(Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Cabinet-level Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee (IGPASC) reaffirmed on Monday (Sept. 7) that national treasures are not Kuomingtang (KMT) assets after a party representative said during the KMT’s congress on Sunday that items in the National Palace Museum are the property of the KMT.

IGPASC on Monday posted an article on its Facebook page titled “I’m Not Yours,” calling out a KMT representative who said that ticket revenue from the National Palace Museum should be given to the party, as the national treasures housed there belong to it.

Before and during the martial law period, which ended in 1987, the KMT, empowered by the previous one-party system, took as its own a large quantity of assets from the nation and its citizens, creating an unbalanced environment in which fair competition among political parties was impossible, according to the committee.

Given Taiwan’s transition from an authoritarian political system to democracy, the KMT should return all of the property it inappropriately acquired during its rule, the post states. It goes on to lament that some KMT members still embrace the single party-state mentality and believe that artifacts are their property.

The committee urged the KMT to stop confusing the party with the state and return all remaining ill-gotten assets.