Ma rejects allegations of 'plotting' against Wang
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday rejected claims that he had “plotted” to “destroy” Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), stressing that there is such a thing as right and wrong, referring to Wang's implication in the recent “lobbying scandal.”
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Ma added that the government will continue to function as normal despite the lawsuit between Wang and the Kuomintang (KMT).
The president stressed that he never aimed to destroy Wang due to difficulties over policy execution, adding that as long as constitutional duties are involved, he will not avoid communicating with Wang.
Political commentators have described Wang as a “legislative speaker without enemies.” When asked how he would react if Wang were to use his influence to create a majority coalition with the opposition, Ma said that he hasn't considered hypothetical circumstances.
“The (ruling party) caucus understands that (the KMT) is in power because, on the one hand, (it) won the presidential election, and on the other hand, it holds a majority within the Legislature,” Ma said.
In response to the court approval of Wang's injunction, the president reiterated that the government will continue to function while the lawsuit is carried out.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah's (江宜樺) attendance at legislative events and negotiations between the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan will continue as usual, Ma explained.
If Wang is still speaker of the Legislative Yuan, he has to fulfill his duties as speaker in accordance with the constitution, Ma added.
Meanwhile, KMT Culture and Communications Committee Director Hsiao Hsu-tsen (蕭旭岑) yesterday confirmed that he has been approached to take on the duty of Presidential Office deputy secretary-general, following Lo Chih-chiang's (羅智強) recent resignation, and that he has accepted the proposition.
Former Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) will be taking Hsiao's place as committee chief.
Hsiao said that he will do his best to assist the president, but that since he has yet to be formally appointed, he will be focusing on his current duties as committee director in the meantime.