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DPP should oppose corruption, violence too:Taiwan KMT lawmakers

DPP should oppose corruption, violence too:Taiwan KMT lawmakers

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which staged a mass rally Saturday to protest the government's policy of peace with China among other issues, should also pay attention to opposing corruption and violence, legislators of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) said Sunday.
Lo Shu-lei, a deputy whip of the KMT legislative caucus, said at a press conference that some of the appeals made by the DPP protesters had already been carried out by the government of President Ma Ying-jeou, such as safeguarding Taiwan -- an issue she described as "something that the government has never hesitated to do."
Noting that the DPP protesters also opposed the import of toxic and substandard food products into Taiwan from China, Lo said the government had already taken a series of measures to prevent such products from entering the country.
KMT Legislator Chu Fong-chi added that many of the substandard products allowed into Taiwan were granted import permits while the DPP was in power.
Lo also noted that former President Chen Shui-bian, who also took part in the protest rally, was cheered by DPP supporters, even though he and his family are under investigation on charges of embezzlement, corruption and money laundering.
"While the DPP protestors shout 'oppose toxic products, safeguard Taiwan,' shouldn't they also talk about opposing corruption and violence?" she asked.
Lo raised the issue of violence in an apparent allusion to the Oct. 21 incident in which Zhang Mingqing, vice president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), was besieged and jostled to the ground by pro-independence protesters while visiting the Confucian Temple in Tainan, southern Taiwan,
As to DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's call for a debate with Ma on national sovereignty issues and the country's China policy before Beijing's chief negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Yunlin, arrives here Nov. 3, Lo said such a debate was unnecessary since it was not a presidential election year.
The two KMT legislators said Chen was invited by his Taiwanese counterpart Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, for talks on economic issues, and that the majority of the people in Taiwan support Chen's forthcoming visit.
"If Tsai wants to debate the sovereignty issue, she should begin by accepting the president's invitation for a dialogue between the ruling and the opposition parties," Chu said.


Updated : 2021-04-18 09:02 GMT+08:00