Wang declines intra-party appeal to retain membership
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday that he will not file a complaint within the Kuomintang (KMT) over the party's decision to revoke his membership.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Wang, who had filed a civil lawsuit arguing that his KMT membership was still valid and applied for a provisional injunction against the KMT revocation in mid-September, announced that he will be seeking legal remedy in accordance with the law. He added that he will refrain from holding onto his speakership if the court deems that he had indeed lobbied in opposition lawmaker Ker Chien-ming's corruption case ruling.
Wang released a statement in which he broke his silence over the KMT's decision to revoke his membership yesterday, saying that the KMT's efficiency in stripping his membership and announcing the notice had been too much to bear for a “faithful and patriotic KMT member.”
According to the KMT's party regulations, party members are allowed to file a lawsuit to protest against a party decision within 20 days after being stripped of their membership. Wang stressed that he had been reiterating his innocence in the regulated 20 days, and that other political officials allegedly involved in the case had clarified their innocence as well. “The entire lobbying case is nothing but rumor,” said Wang.
Wang said he has been serving the KMT faithfully for 37 years, and does not regret his choice; and if the court ruled him guilty of influence-peddling, he will leave the party with no regrets.
To Avoid Damaging the KMT's Image: Wang
The speaker claimed that he is calling off the lawsuit because it would damage the party image once more. “The KMT's Discipline Committee had not done a thorough investigation when it was preparing to revoke my membership, if I continue to press charges, the procedure would lead to further investigation into many governmental departments and party departments. If the investigation is still not detailed enough, the process would cause the KMT to be questioned by the people once more.”
Despite stating his readiness to leave the KMT, Wang criticized the Special Investigation Division (SID) for accusing him. “I cannot accept the SID's one-sided story of the wiretapping and its jumping to conclusions, as well as its interference with the constitution,” said Wang.
“I hope the political circle can be peaceful once more,” Wang said.
Wang had been removed from the KMT and his legislative seat on Sept. 11, and speedily filed for an injunction to retain his speakership. After the Taipei District Court ruled Wang's injunction valid, the KMT then filed for a counter-appeal, which was rejected on Monday.