KMT lawmakers work to heal Ma, Wang rift; shift focus to development issues
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Lawmakers of the Kuomintang (KMT) have stepped up efforts to help clear obstacles for a rapprochement between President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng while Cabinet officials called for shifting focus and resources to crucial national development affairs.
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Following discussion with President Ma yesterday, Legislator Lin Yu-fang confirmed that the president, who doubles as KMT chairman, has stressed that the party has “sent sincere goodwill” to Wang.
Ma told Lin that the KMT relayed this goodwill by deciding not to challenge the court injunction that allows Wang to temporarily keep his KMT membership,
Lin and some of his colleagues, who maintain close ties to Wang in the parliament, said the KMT initiative and goodwill will help build solidarity and harmony in the ruling party and eliminate the friction among the Presidential Office, the Cabinet, and the legislative branch.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah first extended a peace offer during his meeting with Wang on Friday, in an attempt to bring the disrupted legislative session back on to the right track, Lin pointed out.
Lin added that President Ma also explained that he was forced to take certain actions in accordance with the views of his supporters who want to press ahead political reforms and eliminate illegal lobbying and influence peddling in the nation.
Cabinet officials emphasized yesterday that they will enhance communications with all relevant government organizations and political parties to help channel efforts back to national affairs with public concern.
Other KMT leaders said it is time to end the weeks-long bickering because the top concern of the people is to get the economy moving again as early as possible.
They also urged Wang to faithfully play his role as the head of the legislative branch so that the Legislative Yuan can effectively push forward legislation instead of being perpetually held hostage by opposition parties that have been blocking vital bills even though the KMT enjoys an absolute majority.
Taiwan should avoid the prolonging political bickering that, in the United States, shut down the government, they said.
Concerning Wang's party membership, they suggested that he solve the controversy via available and open channels within the KMT.
Legislator Ker Chien-ming. the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus leader, said that Ma has been continuing to seek to destroy Wang in the disguise of fake rapprochement.
There is absolutely no ice-breaking or true peace between Ma and Wang because there is only “false rapprochement,” he observed.
Other DPP officials said that the bickering is only a domestic affair of the KMT and they will continue engineering a vote of no confidence against the Cabinet as planned.