Anti-Ma protest to coincide with KMT congress
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former TVBS Vice President Ge Shu-ren (葛樹人) and several media personalities yesterday held a press conference and urged people to attend a demonstration to protest against President Ma Ying-jeou on Ketagalan Boulevard on Sept. 29.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The Kuomintang (KMT) is scheduled to hold their national congress meeting and Ma will be sworn in as the chairman of the KMT at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Sept. 29.
Ge said as far as he knows, there are over 100,000 people on the Internet saying they will attend the rally, noting that the aim of the demonstration is not to support Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng but to “find justice.”
Earlier in this month the Special Investigation Division exposed an alleged influence-peddling case involving Wang, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), and former Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫).
Ma later held a press conference lashing out at Wang for his involvement in the alleged illegal lobbying incident. Ma and Wang have not met each other in public since then. Local political commentators and the media have said the entire incident is a political wrestling match between Ma and Wang.
Ma's latest approval rating has dropped to 9.2 percent, which is the lowest since the president took office in 2008, according to local media.
Ge said that everyone should come out on Sept. 29 if they are unsatisfied with the government or have any opinion on Ma.
Apart from the demonstrations to be held by activists, the DPP will hold events over the same weekend.
The DPP said that on Sept. 25 the party will hold its weekly Central Standing Committee meeting in Taichung, noting that the DPP will also in Taichung mark the 27th anniversary of its foundation and hold a rally against the operation of nuclear power plants on Sept. 28.
Political commentators have said the DPP's focus on Taichung is a political move over the 2014 mayoral elections.
A source in the DPP said that given Ma's low approval rating and the death of Chang Sen-wen (張森文), an owner of one of the four razed properties in Miaoli County's Dapu Village, there are many party members urging the DPP to move its anniversary event from Taichung to Miaoli County.
However, DPP Central Executive Committee member Hung Chih-kune (洪智坤) said that the DPP should adjust its anniversary events and focus on protesting the government over the alleged illegal wire-tapping of the alleged influence-peddling, as well as Chang's death.
Meanwhile, KMT Central Standing Committee member Hsieh Lung-chieh (謝龍介) said many party members who live in Southern Taiwan will attend the national congress meeting and support President Ma in Taipei on Sept. 29.
Hsieh noted that in regard of the alleged illegal lobbying incident, Ma had done what he was supposed to do, and numerous party members agree with the President on this matter.