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Friday, March 27, 2009


Illicit electioneering by the KMT

This is how they roll

Taiwan's current president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) frequently speaks about his "clean image," and after running an "anti-corruption" campaign, he told the public that "things would be better right away" (馬上就會好) when he took office on May 20, 2008.

However, things in Taiwan have gotten worse since that date in all kinds of ways.

But one thing hasn't changed a bit: the KMT's way of doing business.

In Taipei's Da-an District (大安區), for example, KMT legislator Diane Lee (李慶安) was recently forced out of office after a scandal which revealed that she had held office illegally for 14 years while possessing dual nationality and had regularly lied to the public about it. A by-election to fill her vacated legislative seat is scheduled for tomorrow -- Saturday, March 28, 2009.

Read what the KMT was caught doing just two days before this election:
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City councilors yesterday accused the Taipei City Government [led by the KMT's Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌)] of abusing municipal resources to campaign for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Chiang Nai-shin (蔣乃辛) in tomorrow's legislative by-election, and urged municipal officials to maintain neutrality.

About a dozen staff from the Taipei City Department of Civil Affairs [台北市政府民政局] visited a traditional market in Da-an District (大安) to hand out pamphlets urging residents to vote tomorrow. However, two people wearing the department's vest were also spotted calling on residents to vote for Chiang.

It's a serious violation of administrative neutrality and we need to stop public servants from campaigning for a specific candidate in such an obvious way [...]
Here's the video:

2:25 YouTube video: "This is how the KMT rolls (中國國民黨就是這樣)"

Notice the vests the women are wearing. They belong to the Taipei City Department of Civil Affairs -- under a KMT government.

That's the way they roll -- and they do it in broad daylight! This time, it was captured on video.

I sure hope that the voters (even in the so-called "deep blue" Da-an District) will have enough sense to NOT vote for either of the pan-blue candidates in this election -- or in any other election, for that matter. Only then will Taiwan get back to making the kind of improvements that occurred due to the efforts of those who have worked so hard to build democracy here.

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Cross-posted at It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy!

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At 8:01 PM, Blogger Barneytheblueheeler said...

I'm not from Taiwan and have never been there, but I've heard Taiwanese are very proud to be from the Republic of China. If the KMT isn't put into check soon, then the PRC is well on their way to having just 1 China.

At 3:43 AM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Taiwanese would prefer their country to be recognized as "Taiwan" (which doesn't pretend to make claims to Tibet or even Mongolia), but they're glad to not be ruled by the PRC.

Tim Maddog

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Barney, some of what you have heard may be based on the source. There are many Taiwanese supporters of the "ROC" living in Western countries because, in the past, they were part of the class that was privileged enough to travel, study and work abroad. If your sources are located closer to the island, it is also possible that they are from a mainlander background.

In any event, you should be aware of the fact that it is not possible to lump all Taiwanese into such a statement you made as there are divergences of opinion. Moreover, those with much experience on the island will know that, outside of certain elite circles, love for the ROC itself is not widely felt locally. Most Taiwanese I have met are proud of their independence and way of life, regardless of what the country is called, which is why the only groups in Taiwan that currently use outdated Great China terminology are the Ma administration and the KMT Old Guard. Therefore Tim's last assertion is appropriate, finding a greater unity in what Taiwanese don't want than what they do want.


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