Wu attempted to act as mediator between Ma, Wang: Next Magazine
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Local reports yesterday claimed that Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄) had tried to act as a mediator between President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).
September 26, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Wu has declined to comment on the claims.
Next Magazine yesterday published an article claiming that after the KMT decided to “root out” Wang, Ma made several calls to high-ranking KMT members in order to seek support.
The article said that prior to the Moon Festival, Wu made three proposals through KMT Vice Chairman Chan Chun-po (詹春柏) for Ma to consider, which reportedly included having Wang apologize in public over the “lobbying scandal,” getting Wang to suspend his rights as lawmaker for three or six months, and having the KMT withdraw its revocation of Wang's party membership.
The Presidential Office, however, did not respond to the proposals and insisted on filing a counter-appeal against Wang's injunction, the article reported.
According to a source in the Presidential Office, Wu had approached the president at Wang's behest.
In an interview with the Central News Agency, Wu said, “I offer no comment on the issue.” The honorary chairman added, however, that he did not contact Wang over the matter.
Wu admitted that he was concerned about the situation between Ma and Wang.
A source close to Wu said that the honorary chairman was very worried about the controversy's potential damage to the party, which was why Wu stated publically that both Ma and Wang were important to the country and the KMT, and that he did not want see their images harmed.
The source said that even if Wu had tried to solve the dispute, he did it for the KMT, adding that, after all, no one would want to see the party harmed and become polarized.
Wu feels that he is in a difficult position because the incident had crossed Ma's red line, the source explained.
Earlier this month, Ma held a press conference condemning Wang for his involvement in the “influence-peddling case.” Since then, the president has not been seen with the legislative speaker in public.