Wang offers kind words as struggle goes
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday thanked President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) for giving him a chance to experience various things in life even as the latter's campaign to strip him of his Legislative Yuan speakership is still ongoing.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“Ma and Jiang are like Bodhisattvas in my mind,” said Wang
Wang said that he will do everything he can as Legislative Yuan Speaker to make sure all important bills can be passed.
“I am doing my job for the people and for the nation,” Wang said, “and the passing of those important bills is also beneficial for the ruling party.”
“As long as I am still the Legislative Yuan Speaker, I will always do my best and use all my power,” said Wang.
Regarding Jiang, who will deliver administrative reports at the Legislative Yuan's upcoming session as scheduled, Wang said that he will handle any possible situations with respect.
Meanwhile, a political critic yesterday said that two years ago Wang talked about his second daughter's wedding, which made the critic question whether Wang might not have left the country to attend his daughter's wedding when the lobbying scandal broke last week.
Wang yesterday denied the rumor by showing a receipt of his daughter's wedding dress rental that was dated Sept. 8.
“My daughter registered for marriage over a year ago,” Wang said, “but they did not have time for a formal ceremony until this month.”
Wang Drops Administrative Lawsuit against Legislature
Wang yesterday withdrew his administrative lawsuit for provisional legal protection against the Legislative Yuan after the Taipei District Court approved his injunction.
One of Wang's attorneys, Hsu Yin-Chieh (許英傑), said that after the court approved Wang's injunction on the civil lawsuit case, meaning Wang will retain his membership within the Kuomintang (KMT) as well as his positions as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan, Wang decided to withdrew the other administrative lawsuit that he filed.
“It is unnecessary to waste the nation's legal resources,” said Hsu.
According to a source from the legal field, however, Wang decided to withdraw the administrative lawsuit to prevent any potential rulings not in his favor.
The anonymous source said that Wang filed the administrative lawsuit at the Taipei High Administrative Court for provisional legal protection, demanding that the Legislative Yuan not revoke Wang's qualification as a legislator.
According to the source, even if Wang does not win the administrative lawsuit, the situation will not become worse for him because the approved injunction already allowed Wang to retain his KMT membership.
Move wasn't Politically Motivated: Ma
Ma yesterday said that revoking Wang's KMT membership is about a legal manner instead of political struggle.
Ma talked about his thoughts on Wang's injunction for the first time yesterday, denying the rumor that revoking Wang's KMT membership was a pre-planned conspiracy.
Ma said that he was obliged to act once he was notified by the Special Investigation Division on Aug. 31 regarding Wang's alleged influence peddling. If he tried to cover up or ignore the case, which he described as a major “right or wrong issue,” he would be damaging the course of justice by putting the case on the back burner, Ma said.
Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) said that Ma cannot accept a Legislative Yuan Speaker who was accused of illegally lobbying in a lawsuit, adding that this is a principle that Ma will never abandon.
Li also said that Ma does respect the court's decision in approving Wang's injunction.
approving Wang's injunction that allows Wang to maintain his KMT membership.
Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, left, holds hand with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) in Kaohsiung City, yesterday. Wang returned to his hometown yesterday and many local ...
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