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KMT in 'war' against green supporters

KMT in 'war' against green supporters

Opposition Kuomintang declared war against two high-profile pro-green supporters Tuesday by making public their application forms for KMT membership from 20 years ago.
Cheng Hung-yi and Chen Li-hung have been the KMT's "missing" members and their fierce criticism against the KMT will never change the fact that they had previously joined the KMT, the Chinese-language China Times quoted Shao Ming-hang, head of the KMT central headquarters' document library, in their paper yesterday.
The report, entitled "The KMT declares war against the Talk Show," a reference to Cheng, the host of a primetime talk show on cable SET TV that is popular among pan-green supporters. If Cheng is as determined to pursue democracy as he claims, he ought to have applied for membership to the governing Democratic Progressive Party, not the KMT.
However, the report revealed that Cheng applied for KMT membership in 1986, when Taiwan was under martial law, or a year before the KMT authorities lifted martial law. The DPP formed in 1987, after martial law ended.
The report also disclosed that Shao said that he could not imagine how disappointed the person who recommended Cheng to join the KMT would be if he were to witness Cheng's harsh criticism against the party now.
Shao added that even President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) had joined the KMT before they became DPP heavyweights.
Chen, whom Shao also criticized, joined the party when he was a sophomore in National Taiwan University's department of political science. Like many other college students who were persuaded by teachers or drillmasters to enter the KMT at the time, Chen accepted a drillmaster's suggestion to apply for KMT membership.
Chen chose the KMT in spite of growing discontent within NTU with the party, as students began to seek democracy and greater freedom, Shao said. Chen should have joined the DPP given his stance against the KMT, he added.
Cheng said he could not clearly recall what happened 21 years ago, but that he was sure that he did not complete the application because the doing so would have been against his will.
Cheng said that he had started the application while working as a reporter at a semi-official newspaper over 20 years ago. In an joint effort to recruit him, Cheng revealed on his talk show last night that the KMT had mobilized his colleagues at the newspaper to push him to complete the application.
"I am sure that I did not give them a photo with the application form," Cheng said, saying that as such, he never completed the application. Cheng added that he also wondered why the KMT thought it was so marvelous to disclose such information.
Meanwhile, Chen also confirmed the report, saying that "I did join (the KMT). But, so what?"
Under martial law, the KMT was the only political party in Taiwan, Chen pointed out. He said he joined the KMT under much pressure from a drillmaster, and that he never took part in any KMT-related activities.
"It is a historical document," Chen commented, adding that he welcomed the KMT's move to publicize his information. But "it will be much more meaningful" if the KMT makes public all of its historical documents, especially those detailing the "White Terror," and how the party acquired controversial assets during its authoritarian governance of Taiwan, Chen said.


Updated : 2021-10-25 18:27 GMT+08:00