KMT spokesman blasts DPP counterpart over debate stance
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to sort out its position on the cross-strait service trade pact and avoid further “flip-flopping.”
August 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
Political issues, such as the trade pact, that affect people's livelihoods should be faced with a serious attitude, KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said, adding that the DPP ought to reach an internal consensus on the matter.
DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) reportedly claimed that the Presidential Office had asked the Public Television Service to host the debate and preferred not giving members of the media the chance to ask questions during the event, Yin said.
According to DPP lawmaker Tsai Chih-chang (蔡其昌), however, the Presidential Office had called for the media to jointly host the debate as well as having members of the media ask questions during the event, Yin added.
If both Wang and Tsai are authorized by DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to act as negotiators, perhaps the party should conduct some internal coordination instead of have members “publicly slapping each other in the face,” Yin said.
As a matter of fact, it was the DPP that proposed not having the island's major newspapers and news agency take part in the event, while the Presidential Office expressed that it would respect the opposition's opinion, Yin said.
“Why is Wang lying through his teeth and turning things upside down?” Yin asked.
Wang is not only the director of the DPP chairman's office, but also the spokesman of the party, Yin said, adding that speaking in accordance with the facts is the most basic professional ethic for a man of his position.
As to whether or not Su wants to have the media ask questions during the debate, the chairman should make his position clear, Yin said.