Su makes final visit to Chen as chairman
By Katherine Wei ,The China Post
May 27, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday called for incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou to allow his predecessor, Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), to spend the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival at home.
Visiting the former president on his last day as DPP chairman, Su was accompanied by DPP caucus convener Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) as he made his way to the prison hospital in Greater Taichung.
According to Su, the Taichung Veterans General Hospital has examined Chen's current physical conditions and has deemed that Chen should return home to regain and improve his health. The authorities should respect and heed the advice of the expert physicians, said Su.
"Chen has been shut in jail for long enough, (the jail sentence) has affected his health already ... and the Dragon Boat Festival is coming up soon. I hope he will be able to spend the holidays at home and receive treatment," said Su.
Tsai pointed out that the DPP had decided it would call for the government to allow Chen to heal at home in its recent Central Standing Committee meeting. "This visit is made to inform the former president of the meeting results," said Tsai.
The lawmaker also relayed Chen's reply. "Chen expressed his gratitude to the party and everyone else who was concerned about him. He is also in line with Chairman Su's call for the Legislature to amend the Constitution," said Tsai.
The prison hospital stated that Chen was currently being treated by a Taichung Veterans General Hospital team, adding that Chen's physical condition was stable.
Su's visit lasted roughly 40 minutes, and he was inevitably asked by local media outlets about his plans after stepping down as chairman. Su feigned deafness as he was preparing to leave the prison.
Su will be stepping down from his position today, as his predecessor Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was elected chairwoman once more on Sunday. Winning by a whopping 93.71 percent of votes, Tsai stated that she will be doing her best to lead the party to win the 2016 presidential elections, and the first step is to rebuild the public's trust in the DPP.