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Ma never dodges from national issues: KMT

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), has never dodged or evaded important national issues, KMT headquarters said yesterday.

The news release, quoting KMT spokesman Yin Wei, was a direct response to remarks by former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, who said on Wednesday that Ma has often “evaded” and “wavered back and forth” on certain issues.

In the news release, Yin said Tsai's remarks couldn't be further from the truth.

“On pension reform, an issue that many have shown concern for, including former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, Ma has held two news conferences, one in October and one in January, both attended by the heads of the Executive, Legislative and Examination Yuans,” he said. “During the news conferences, Ma detailed the direction, timeframe and objectives of the reform. How is that an act of evasion?”

As for calls by Tsai and the current DPP head, Su Tseng-chang, that a national conference be held among Ma, the opposition and leaders of civic groups, Yin said that it wasn't necessary.

“Ma said early on that he is open to discussions with the opposition on any issue of vital interest to the nation,” Yin said. “Meanwhile, Ma has himself spoken about various issues directly to the people, including U.S. beef, a price increase for fuel and electricity, and the stock gains tax.”

Yin further blasted Tsai for being ambiguous on certain issues during her presidential campaign last year.

“She never explained her mainland policy clearly, besides propagating her 'Taiwan Consensus' which nobody understands,” he said.

“Tsai has developed the habit of opposing Ma just for the sake of opposition. This may end up hurting herself,” he added.

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