Sean Lien, Taipei mayors weigh in on Wang scandal
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) Central Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文) yesterday said that Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) contribution to his country is undeniable, adding that he feels very sad that Wang did not receive a fair trial.
September 12, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
Lien's comment came after the KMT's Disciplinary Committee yesterday morning revoked the Legislature Speaker's party membership over his alleged involvement in an illegal lobbying incident.
Lien yesterday evening visited Wang at the Legislative Yuan. Before meeting with Wang, Lien told local press that during Wang's long tenure as Legislative Yuan speaker many major bills were passed and he had assisted the ruling party and the opposition to build consensus on major issues.
“We are in 2013 now, not in the Ming Dynasty,” Lien said, noting that if Wang really has violated law, he should be judged according to the proper legal procedures in the courts.
Lien said he does not understand why people would treat Wang in this fashion just as he was holding his daughter's wedding in Malaysia and therefore was not in Taiwan to defend himself. Lien added that it should be the courts that judge whether Wang was involved in the case in question.
“Illegal or not, the right to judge lies with the courts, not with an individual or a group of individuals,” Lien said, adding that the people of Taiwan would not accept Wang's dismissal.
Greater Taipei Mayors Comment on the Matter
Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday morning canceled two of his public appearances at the last minute. The spokesperson for the city government, Edward Chang (張其強), said Hau had personal matters to deal with, adding that Hau was not avoiding comment on the Wang controversy.
Then last night Hau told local press that he is saddened by today's events. Hau said he had worked with Wang while he was serving as a legislator, pointing out that Wang had helped him in many ways during his stint as head of the Environmental Protection Agency some years ago.
Hau said that the controversy has been profoundly damaging both to the KMT and the country, stating that he thinks the greatest challenge the KMT is faced with now is to “stop bleeding,” reunite the party, and avoid internal polarization.
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday afternoon said he feels that the outcome of controversy is unfortunate, and that it is weighing on his mind. Chu added, however, that people need to discover the truth about the whole affair.
“The alleged illegal lobbying is an unfortunate affair not only for the KMT but also for the country,” Chu said, adding, however, that he hopes the interaction between the administration and the Legislature can get back on track. After all, we all hope for stability in domestic politics, he added.