Debate an opportunity given by people, not DPP: KMT
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostThe Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday criticized opposition lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) for saying that President Ma Ying-jeou should be “very grateful” to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) for giving him the chance to engage in a debate over the cross-strait service trade pact.
August 27, 2013, 12:43 am TWN
KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said that Tsai had misspoken because it was “the people” who made the debate possible.
Yin called on Su and Tsai to thank the people of Taiwan together, urging the DPP to give up its political “calculations.”
The president agreed to a debate because he is more than happy to see the ruling party and opposition engage in an open and rational debate over important public policies.
The debate is not an opportunity given by one politician to another, or by one party to another, Yin said, stressing that it is an opportunity given by the people to allow the president and the chairman of the opposition to express their ideas and clarify the finer points of a major issue.
Politicians should be grateful to the people, Yin reiterated.
A rational debate is the best way for the public to learn more about the purpose and value of policies, Yin said, adding that Ma is more than willing to engage in a dialogue with the opposition to help achieve that effect.
The spokesman went on to urge Su to ensure that the debate takes place smoothly.