Roads facing Wang at KMT discipline committee
By Alan Fong ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Upon Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) scheduled return to Taiwan today, the veteran politician will face one of the biggest challenges in his career.
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The alleged illegal lobbying case involving some of Taiwan's top political echelon exploded over the weekend and has already bought down a justice minister. It might also spell the end of Wang, the Legislature's long-serving consensus builder.
The KMT Central Discipline Committee is slated to convene tomorrow to deal with Wang's involvement in the alleged lobbying, in which Wang was accused of lobbying the justice minister into dropping an appeal against Ker Chien-ming, the long time Democratic Progressive Party whip.
The extraordinarily strong criticism by President and Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday basically sets the tone of the committee.
If Wang refuses to bow out today and stands to fight for his speakership, and basically his political life, he will probably face KMT disciplinary action listed in Article 44 of its Party Charter. It is unlikely that the committee will mete out lighter punishments: a reprimand, or suspensions of party duties, party rights and privileges.
Given Ma's high-profile criticism of Wang, the speaker is likely to face the more serious punishment of party membership revocation or expulsion. A revoked party member cannot apply for reinstatement for at least a year and an expelled member will not be viable for reinstatement for at least 2 years. That difference, however, may not mean much for Wang. He will lose his party-assigned Legislator-at-large seat and thereby his speakership at the Legislature if he loses his KMT membership.
According to Article 46 of the KMT Party Charter, revocation of party membership shall be executed after a resolution has been passed by the Central Discipline Committee. Expulsion of a party member, on the other hand, requires approval by the Central Standing Committee for execution.
In other words, if Wang faces expulsion, the most serious of KMT's disciplinary actions, he will actually have one more chance to fight for his seat as the issue is taken to the Central Standing Committee where the supporters of the Legislative Speaker and the KMT Chairman meet for a final showdown.
Even if he is given the boot, Wang can appeal the decision and the party shall evaluate his appeal in 30 days.