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KMT mayors from Taipei, Taichung and New Taipei City express support for Ma

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday voiced his support for President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), adding that his support for Ma and Wu represents the silent majority of the Kuomintang (KMT).

  Hau said yesterday that the Lin Yi-shih (林益世) bribery scandal is no doubt a political crisis for the ruling party, but that he believed in the integrity of the president and the vice president.

  The mayor also argued that members of the KMT need to stay united and face their challenges together in this moment of crisis, so that the president and vice president can lead the country without unnecessary distractions.

  Hau maintained that Ma's integrity is beyond a doubt, referring to the clean image that Ma set up for the Taipei City Government (during his tenure as mayor), and Ma's demand for integrity among government employees. Hau said that the standards set by the former mayor are standards that members of the city government still abide by today. Hau also said that most party members have absolute faith in Ma's integrity.

  Political commentators have noted that the recent Lin Yi-shih bribery scandal has caused dissension within the KMT, adding that a lot of the criticism seems to be focused on Ma — who appointed Lin Yi-shih as secretary-general of the Executive Yuan.

  In addition to Hau, Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu also voiced their support for the president, yesterday.

  Chu echoed Hau in saying that Ma's integrity is beyond a doubt. He also said that he has "100 percent confidence" in Wu.

  Hu previously said that someone within the KMT has to take responsibility for the bribery scandal. Political commentators have interpreted this as criticism against Ma. In response, Hu said that he wasn't criticizing Ma at all, adding that he had already voiced his support for Ma's re-election bid for party chairman several times.

  With regard to the recent accusations against Wu, Hu said that it is clear the vice president was not in anyway involved in the bribery case, and that those who are attacking him keep changing their stories every day.

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