Ma's Nuke 4 resolve is 'peculiar': Annette Lu
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) raised concerns over the president's “peculiar” commitment to the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which she said is about keeping questionable financial dealings in the dark.
March 7, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Premier Jiang Yi-huah and President Ma Ying-jeou are intent on completing the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, even if it is never allowed to operate commercially, said Lu in a press event at the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters in Taipei.
“Then why waste the money?” said Lu, calling Ma's political commitment to Nuke 4 “self-contradictory and peculiar.”
Lu claimed that Ma is keeping the construction going so that no broken contracts will face court scrutiny.
A “high-level source” has disclosed that a number of Nuke 4's contracts and subcontracts are of questionable legality, or were won through dubious dealings, according to Lu.
As a result, there may now be political and business interests pressuring the president to keep project going, which keeps its contracts' fine print in the dark. “Ma is unable to fend off these forces,” she said.
Lu added that a problematic power plant could spell disaster in the very near future. Based on the zone's seismic history, major earthquakes have tended to hit Taiwan four to five years after the last major earthquake in Japan. Taiwan is due for its next destructive earthquake in the next three years, according to Lu.
Ma should not leave the question of Nuke 4 to a referendum, but should use his authority to reverse course on construction, she said.
At the same venue, Lu and DPP officials urged Ma to do “another good turn” for former President Chen Shui-bian.
When she was imprisoned for the Formosa Incident of 1979, Ma had persuaded Kuomintang (KMT) leaders to move her to a hospital for medical care, Lu told reporters yesterday.
Her thyroid cancer had recurred just years into her 12-year sentence, but other officials told then-President Chiang Ching-kuo that she had merely contracted a cold, said Lu.
Today, Chen's medical condition is severer than hers at the time, and she hopes that “Ma will do another good turn,” said Lu.
Lu, Legislator Yao Wen-chih (姚文智) and Taipei City Councilor Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄) promoted their letter-writing campaign for Chen's medical parole at the DPP's Taipei headquarters yesterday.