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KMT dominance, dictatorship

Policemen prevent DPP supporters from breaking into a police car holding 3 KMT legislators who posed as public investigators and stormed the DPP Taipe...
KMT dominance, dictatorship

Policemen prevent DPP supporters from breaking into a police car holding 3 KMT legislators who posed as public investigators and stormed the DPP Taipe...

Former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang yesterday warned the 23 million Taiwan people that they must not allow the "one-party dominant" Kuomintang, which won absolute control over the Legislature January 12, to restore a "one-party dictatorship" by taking over the presidency as well March 22.
Hsu, who broke with the DPP eight years ago and has been an outspoken opponent of President Chen Shui-bian, urged voters to "not vote based on the past but vote for the future" and elect DPP presidential candidate and former premier Frank Hsieh to ensure that there remains at least some "check and balance" in Taiwan's system and to prevent the disappearance of Taiwan's democracy "forever."
The former DPP chairman and long-time democratic movement leader cautioned that with such a majority, the KMT could "do anything it wants."
The former DPP chairman's warnings might be seen by many citizens as unfair, excessive or even inflammatory were it not for the fact that four KMT lawmakers took an action only minutes after a seminar sponsored on the importance of "democratic check and balance" sponsored by Hsu's "Rising Nation Foundation" that confirmed his fears.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., KMT lawmakers Fei Hung-tai, Chen Chieh, Lo Ming-tsai and Lo Shu-lei of the Legislature's financial affairs committee, literally dragged Finance Minister Ho Chih-chih and the president of the First Financial Holding Company to the DPP candidate's "Taiwan Renewal" campaign headquarters and, heedless of the protests of security guards, rushed into the building and attempted to enter the personal office of the DPP candidate.
After being blocked from entering the office, the KMT "lawmakers," several of whom are leading staff members at the Ma-Siew campaign headquarters, were thwarted from entering Hsieh campaign offices on the third floor and were blocked in the elevator for nearly 40 minutes.
All four were eventually escorted out of the building by police called by Hsieh office staff and, surrounded by Hsieh supporters, the three were pushed into a police car, while Lo, the son of noted gangster and former legislator Lo Fu-chu, fled the scene.
The incident sparked a two-and-a-half hour confrontation as Hsieh's staff, volunteers and supporters blocked police from allowing the police cars from leaving with "suspects caught in the act of committing a crime" until a Taipei District Court prosecutor arrived to take a disposition and accept charges from the Hsieh camp.
The KMT lawmakers said their action was based on "information" that the Hsieh headquarters was "illegally" using a floor of the 13-floor building, but we believe that there can be no justification whatsoever for the KMT legislators to take the law into their own hands and attempt literally to break into the headquarters office of a presidential candidate of a rival party.
In the history of elections in Taiwan, yesterday's incident marked the first time that staff from one party had attempted to openly enter without permission the offices of another presidential candidate.
The fact that this incident occurred yesterday at a sensitive time just 10 days before the presidential election and was carried out by four KMT lawmakers when questions about the rental were already raised and answered three months ago indicates that the action had nothing to do with the legal rental contract but was political in nature.
We shall refrain from speculation over the motivation for this action, but it cannot be denied that the invasion by four KMT lawmakers into the DPP presidential headquarters without advance notice or permission and without regard for the laws banning even landlords from unapproved entry into the homes or offices of tenants and complete disregard for the safety of the presidential candidate was an act of incredible arrogance. Such actions are unprecedented in Taiwan, but are commonplace in authoritarian and fascist countries and, perhaps, may become familiar in our future.
We are indeed concerned that yesterday's unprecedented incident may be a sign of things to come if the KMT gains absolute control over the presidency and thus the Executive Yuan, Judicial Yuan, Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan as well as the Legislature. Yesterday's action takes on an even more worrisome and perhaps even sinister aspect when combined with reports that the KMT aims to launch investigations into allegations of "corruption" or other "crimes" against many officials of the DPP government should Ma win the March 22 poll.
A famous political adage of the British statesman Lord Action notes that absolute power leads to absolute corruption.
Ironically, the KMT has not yet even achieved absolute power, but its past absolute arrogance and disregard for law and human rights has already reemerged in actions such as that committed by four KMT lawmakers yesterday and the declaration by KMT legislator Wu Yu-sheng last week, in response to a question by a female DPP lawmaker that, "what kind of thing are you that I must answer your question?"
We hope all citizens take to heart the significance of these "previews" of a future restored KMT party-state dictatorship and the warning issued by former DPP chairman Hsu Hsin-liang and vote March 22 to keep democracy in Taiwan's future.

Updated : 2021-09-21 10:44 GMT+08:00