Ma lashes out at Wang over alleged lobbying
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday held a press conference condemning Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) over allegations of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit involving Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
September 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Ma described Wang's alleged involvement in illegal lobbying as the “most shameful moment” in the history of Taiwan's democratic and judicial development, noting in particular Wang's position as speaker of the Legislative Yuan. Ma urged the whole nation to stand together to defend Taiwan's democracy and justice.
The president said that after he urged Wang to return to Taiwan on Saturday, Wang called him to explain why he could not return to the nation immediately, and also told him that he did not illegally lobby Tseng on behalf of Ker.
Ma said Wang told him over the phone that during his call with Ker all he did was offer comfort to Ker, adding that he had not done any illegal lobbying.
Wang was at his second daughter's wedding in Malaysia yesterday when Ma made the comments.
The president said in the press conference that “we can all ask ourselves if this incident is a case of illegal lobbying or not,” adding that “if it is not illegal lobbying, then what is?”
“If a powerful person can influence the independence of the judicial system, then how can people rely on the judicial system to be fair and just?” Ma said, adding that “there should not be a grey area between political power and the judicial system, and we should defend it.”