Hau, Chu deny any involvement in 'four families' political conspiracy
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The two Greater Taipei mayors in separate public appearances yesterday denied a report that they were linked to the current political turmoil involving President Ma Ying-jeou and former Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The Journalist, a local news magazine, yesterday published an article claiming that Ma's criticism of Wang and the Kuomintang's (KMT) revocation of Wang's party membership aimed to break the conspiracy of the “four families” within the party — referring to the families of the Honorary Chairmen Lien Chang (連戰), Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄), Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫).
According to the Journalist, the “four families” ordered their representatives to put forward a proposal on Sept. 29 at the KMT's national congress, demanding Ma — as the KMT's chairman — hold himself responsible over the outcome of the 2014 mayoral elections.
The article claimed that the representatives of the “four families” intended to propose that Wang take over Ma's chairmanship during the national congress should the KMT be defeated in the 2014 mayoral elections. The piece claimed that this is why Ma pushed to revoke Wang's party membership.
Hau yesterday rejected such suggestions. “There has never been such a proposition. I have never heard of it. I have absolutely no knowledge of such an affair,” Hau said. “There are no 'four families.' I am alone.” Hau added that the KMT is facing a great crisis, noting that the party should reunite as soon as possible.
Chu said “I do not belong to any family, I am just Eric Chu.” He added that the entire incident is unfortunate for both the ruling party and the country, noting that politics and the judicial system should get back on track.
Chu said there have recently been several media rumors and all of them are meaningless. Chu noted that the most important thing for local mayors is to focus on their work in the cities, and therefore it is not worthy to discuss such rumors.
Lee Te-wei (李德維), a KMT legislator believed to be within Lien's faction, said he had never heard of the “four families” rumor.
Lee did say that in 2012 some party members proposed asking Ma after the 2014 mayoral elections to resign should the party suffer a raft of defeats.
As of press time, Wu, Lien, and the Presidential Office had not offered comment on the report.
The now ex-Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) speaks to local press outside of his residence in Taipei, yesterday. The Kuomintang Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday ...
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