I last wrote about Ma Ying-jeou (
At that time, Ma was on his European tour and trying to dance around the direct challenge of whether his first priority was the preservation of Taiwan's democracy or unification with China. Now, as new cases of alleged corruption erupt around him, Ma, the Taipei mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman is still dancing. However, the number of "people" he is able to fool appears to be diminishing.
Over the past few months, Ma had tried to lead the charge against Chen Shui-bian (
Then Chen's wife was embroiled in the great Sogo coupon brouhaha. This episode went belly up as far as any concrete evidence was concerned, but that did not stop the KMT. They came back with a new ploy. Chen's wife was indicted on the charge of misuse of and/or forging receipts for the "state affairs fund." Unfortunately however, all this exploded when Ma's office was found guilty of the same practice of misuse of and/or forging receipts for the "mayoral expense fund."
Ma is now shuffling faster and faster; and though he is not going anywhere -- except possibly offstage -- that certainly is not stopping him. Note the wording he has used to explain himself. When Chen was accused of misuse of the receipt procedure it was "corruption;" when Ma is guilty of it, it is only a "blemish."
When Chen's office mishandled the procedures and receipts it was "out and out corruption;" when Ma's office did the same, it was "an administrative defect."
When Chen's wife and accountants were involved, Chen was responsible and should resign. When Ma's wife and accountants were involved, Ma stated he "knew nothing about it."
Yu Wen (
Cheng An-kuo (
Ma has continued to add to the doublespeak by saying that he "needed to shoulder administrative, political and moral responsibility for the blemish." Shoulder the responsibility? Ma is willing to shoulder the responsibility as long as all that this means is that he apologize. As for Chen, however, shouldering the responsibility means that Chen should not just apologize, but stewp down.
For those who have been in Taiwan for long enough and witnessed Ma's doublespeak, his shuffle and how his performance has always fallen short of his words, the above is nothing new.
Is the issue over? Not by a long shot. While Yu allegedly substituted receipts of his own to make his job easier; Ma's real receipts are supposed to be there.