A group of social activists urged President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday to step up the campaign against official corruption to regain the public\'s faith in government.
The activists, led by Chien Hsi-chieh (簡鍚堦), convener of the Alliance of Fairness and Justice, made the call after Chen\'s Democratic Progressive Party suffered a drubbing in Saturday\'s local government chief elections.
Chien said the ruling party\'s poor showing in the \"three-in-one\" elections could primarily be attributed to a recent string of corruption scandals, including the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. scandal and the \"vultures\" insider-trading case.
\"President Chen should demonstrate his determination to stamp out official corruption by pushing for a speedy and comprehensive inquiry into all corruption charges now that the emotionally-charged atmosphere has subsided with the conclusion of the elections,\" Chien said.
He also urged President Chen to replace two top officials - State Public Prosecutor-General Wu Ying-chao (吳英昭) and Financial Supervisory Commission Chairman Kong Jaw-sheng.
Claiming that Wu was once involved in a Taiwan Pineapple Corp. profiteering scandal, Chien said Wu is not suitable for the top prosecutorial post.
Even though Wu was not given any sentence in that case, Chien claimed that the case has put Wu\'s integrity in question. \"Moral integrity is the fundamental qualification of law enforcement officers,\" he stressed.
Chien said he is hopeful that the opposition-controlled Legislative Yuan can pass a draft package of revisions to the Court Organic Law proposed by a local association of reform-minded prosecutors as soon as possible to ensure prosecutorial neutrality and independence.
As to Kong, Chien claimed that Kong is versed in marketing and public relations, not financial supervision.
Given Kong\'s previous professional background as a partner of a foreign financial group, Chien said he doubts that Kong has the guts to stand up to big financial holding groups and strictly carry out financial supervisory work, citing as proof the \"vultures\" stock insider-trading scandal earlier this year.