Master Hsing Yun urges both Ma and Wang to make peace
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A much revered Buddhist master yesterday urged President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to make peace, following a week of political turmoil over the parliamentary leader's alleged influence peddling.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist sect, expressed the hope that the two political leaders can set aside the confrontation and “shake hands and make peace.”
Both Ma and Wang have made tremendous contributions to the nation and their arguments concerning the alleged influence peddling have grounds of their own, the religious leader said.
The president insists on the integrity of the rule of law, while the legislative speaker stresses his role as a mediator between different parties, Hsing Yun said.
The Buddhist leader said law may not be able to solve all problems people face, and the ongoing row is hurting the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) badly.
Ma has accused Wang of peddling influence to prevent prosecutors from pursuing Legislative minority leader Ker Chien-ming. The KMT has expelled Wang from the party, but Wang has obtained a court injunction.
Asked if he thought Wang did peddle influence or if the president was too harsh on the speaker, Hsing Yun said he was not in a position to make judgments, nor to act as a mediator between the two political leaders.
Hsing Yun was making the remarks on the sideline of a ceremony marking the start of a book exhibition organized by Fo Guang Shan — one of the largest Buddhist sects in Taiwan — in Kaohsiung.