The New Tide faction of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party said yesterday that it has no beef with the new lineup of the Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) Cabinet, in spite of media reports that some key faction members were disappointed they had not been recruited.
William C.T. Lai, the convener of the faction, said factional affiliation should not be a factor when the Cabinet was seeking new members, although merit and credentials should be. The new lineup demonstrates that top choices were recruited into the Cabinet, an indication the DPP has a wide pool of talent, he added.
There are reports that the faction's ties with Su were strained after Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), a New Tider, was kept from being re-appointed a vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, and after another key figure of the faction, Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳), was never asked to join the Cabinet after declining an offer to be DPP deputy secretary general.
Lai said putting the right people in the right place has always been a New Tide conviction, and it had no problem with the latest Cabinet makeup as the selections have won praise.
"We would like to express our hope that the new Cabinet will listen more carefully to public opinion and meet the expectations of society," he said.
Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), former faction convener, said those media reports were regrettable, for they underestimated faction members' "real ambitions."
"We won't mind gains and losses over the short term, " he said.