Lobbying scandal worse than Watergate: DPP
By Katherine Wei,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday slammed the ruling party, comparing its handling of alleged illegal lobbying to Watergate.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The main opposition party repeatedly blasted the Ma administration for abusing the judicial system and the Special Investigation Division (SID) for illegal wiretapping in the case, which involves Ker and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).
Ker held his second press conference after wiretapped conversations between himself and Wang were revealed by the SID last week, apologizing once more to Wang for the complications that resulted from the revelations. The conversations led the SID to suspect that Wang was attempting to let Ker off the hook in a breach of trust case.
“I feel deeply apologetic to Wang, as though we are at times friends and at times at loggerheads, I have always considered him to be my friend and teacher,” Ker said.
“Wang had been my teacher regarding cross-party negotiations and interaction in the Legislature, I learned a lot from his open-mindedness; I understand just how difficult it is for him (to deal with the lobbying accusations).”
President Ma Ying-jeou, who had demanded Wang's return from his daughter's wedding in Malaysia two days ago, also reprimanded the speaker harshly for his involvement in the scandal.
Ker has rejected Ma's comments in a heated back and forth over the two days, saying yesterday that Ma was playing at his dirtiest, wiretapping people's conversations and manipulating the judicial system to get his own way.
DPP Supports Wang
Many DPP members voiced opposition to the Kuomintang's (KMT) alleged plan to remove Wang from his post. The KMT has hinted that Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) would be an appropriate candidate to run the Legislature.