President may appear with Wang on Sept. 27
By Lauly Li,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Presidential Office will hold the annual Confucius Memorial Ceremony on Sept. 27, and the event may be the first public appearance together of President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jing-pyng (王金平) since an illegal lobbying scandal erupted earlier this month.
September 20, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
In past ceremonies, the president, speaker of the Legislature, premier, president of the Examination Yuan, president of the Judicial Yuan, and the president of Control Yuan have all been invited to attend.
However, President Ma has other Confucius memorial events on Sept. 28 and there are many other Confucius memorial events around the nation. Therefore, there is no way to know if Ma will actually meet Wang on Sept. 27.
The Presidential Office refused to comment regarding the potential meeting of Ma and Wang.
On Sept. 6 the Special Investigation Division exposed an alleged case of influence peddling which involves Wang, Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), former Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) and Taiwan High Prosecutors Office head prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌).
Ma on Sept. 8 held a press conference condemning Wang for involvement in the alleged illegal lobbying while Wang was still in Malaysia for his daughter's wedding.
The Kuomintang (KMT) Disciplinary Committee revoked Wang's party membership after Wang returned to the country. Later, the Taipei District Court approved Wang's injunction to maintain his membership.
The issue of Wang's party membership is currently being reviewed by the Taiwan High Court as the KMT filed a counter-appeal against the Taipei District Court's approval of Wang's injunction.
Since the controversy erupted in early September, Ma and Wang have not made any public appearances together.
Some local media commentators have said that a few “high-ranking” KMT members are planning to help Ma and Wang reconcile with each other.