Ma, Wang walk delicate lines amid struggle
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday expressed differing opinions regarding Wang's speakership, political duties and treatment.
September 16, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
In spite of claiming that he would act in good faith so that the obligations of the government could be carried out smoothly, Ma said he would not overlook justice and the protection of the judicial system for the sake of anything, saying that this is his vow as a law-abiding president to Taiwan's people. “Speaker Wang's involvement in the lobbing case is not an issue to be concealed; I will not change my attitude regarding the rights and wrongs of the case.”
Ma has accused Wang of peddling influence and later announced the necessity to expel Wang from his position as Kuomintang (KMT) legislator-at-large.
Wang would have lost his legislative seat — and his speakership — because of expulsion from the party, had he not obtained a court injunction that has temporarily suspended the disciplinary action. The KMT is now filing for a counter appeal.
“The lawsuit will still go on as well as the current government duties which need to be carried out. For instance, the negotiations between government leaders and legislators and events originally held by the Legislative Yuan speaker will still take place as scheduled,” said Ma.
According to an unnamed member of the ruling party, the KMT had banned Wang from attending future party activities, including the representative meeting scheduled to be held on Sept. 29, a decision Wang claimed to have no knowledge of.
Wang stated that he would be organizing and hosting the upcoming National Day Ceremony as he had the past 13 years, the procedure being a duty of the Legislative Yuan speaker.
“Before the temporary suspension ends, I will respect the verdict and refer to Speaker Wang as I had in the past,” said Ma.
Ma's Approval Rating Drops to New Low: ERA Center
The president saw his approval rating drop to a new low after the KMT crisis over Wang began to unfold. According to poll results released by the ERA Poll Center yesterday, only 9.2 percent of the public said they were satisfied with Ma's performance in his second term while 80.5 percent expressed disapproval.
With this year's second Legislative session set to begin next Tuesday, the KMT has expressed its anxiety over potential conflicts over Premier Jiang Yi-huah's (江宜樺) scheduled report, a procedure that takes place at the beginning of each new legislative session.
According to KMT Legislator Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池), the ruling party caucus has mapped out three possible solutions to three types of situations that would be most likely to happen in the session, including a physical altercation on the floor of the chamber, or the opposition simply locking him out of the meeting. “The Legislature would have to take all responsibility as it invited Jiang to deliver a report,” said Lin.