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DPP should oppose corruption, violence too: Taiwan KMT

 Former President Chen Shui-bian, center, cheers with tens of thousands of Taiwan supporters during a rally to denounce China in Taipei, Taiwan, Satur...

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Former President Chen Shui-bian, center, cheers with tens of thousands of Taiwan supporters during a rally to denounce China in Taipei, Taiwan, Satur...

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 yesterday.
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 (馬英九), 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 (陳水扁), who also took part in the protest rally, was cheered by DPP supporters, even though he and his family are under investigation.
"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 (張銘清), 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 (蔡英文) call for a debate with Ma on national sovereignty issues and the country's China policy before Chen Yunlin, arrives here Nov. 3, Lo said such a debate was unnecessary since it was not a presidential election year.


Updated : 2021-03-05 06:07 GMT+08:00