Ma needs to take historical responsibility: Tsai
By Jenny Wang ,Special to the China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) made a statement yesterday morning in response to President Ma Ying-jeou's declaration saying that the issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant should not be a prerequisite for a cross-party national affairs conference.
August 17, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Tsai said it was regrettable that Ma evaded his responsibility to the country repeatedly and has refused to agree to a national affairs conference. Ma should ensure his own mental preparation and needs to take historical responsibility completely regarding the raising of grievances from the public and the decline of the country in the future, Tsai added.
Tsai stated that President Ma, as a head of government, has a duty to solve the nation's problems against all odds and show the sincerity to make changes in the country's difficult situation so as to regain the people's trust. However, society does not see in him the proper sense of responsibility that a national leader ought to have; instead, Ma side-stepped the issue of a national affairs conference with all kinds of excuses, and rejected the opportunity to have conversations with the public, according to Tsai.
Tsai indicated that the country is in a critical moment in time, and the dispute over Nuke 4, the demolition of the Dapu houses, the social antagonism raised by pension reform, the outbreak of rabies, the tragic death of Army Corporal Hung Chung-chiu, the chaos in Control Yuan and the several food safety problems altogether revealed that the president has weak leadership. Our government has fallen into a crisis of disability and disintegration, she said.
“The national affairs conference is a method to help Taiwan move away from the doldrums, but it is bound to be a tough process,” Tsai stressed.
After Tsai proposed to call for a national affairs conference, and that no one should come to it with prerequisites a few days before, divisions were raised within the DPP. Subsequently, Tsai modified her previous remark by urging the Ma administration to halt the construction of Nuke 4 before holding the national affairs conference. President Ma is now on a diplomatic tour overseas, responding that there is no need to hold a national affairs conference.