Fri, Nov 24, 2006 - Page 8 News List

Letter: Remnants of the party-state

By Rao Kok-sian

The current situation with the Presidential Office and the Taipei mayor's office merely confirms that remnants of the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) party-state rule still infects the system of government in Taiwan.

The problems exists at multiple levels. The chief auditor appears to have audited these two offices differently according to who occupied each office. That the KMT chief openly warned prosecutors to watch out for a KMT come back (I thought it was a threat, but Taiwan did not care) says it all. The arrogant assumption that the KMT would return to office in due course is surely an open question.

It has been six-and-a-half years and what has the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration done to overcome these partisan favors?

The question for Taiwan is how to overcome the difficulties that we are having now? I used to hear "Oh that's just the KMT, what would you expect?" and nothing would be done. This attitude will eventually erode efforts to reform our society.

There must be someone in the executive branch who can do something about this judicial bias. The DPP has done little with its powers since it came to office.

If I were asked to vote for the DPP in the 2008 presidential election, I will ask the DPP why I should cast my vote for the DPP candidate when it has done nothing about the KMT system while in power.

Will President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) step down over the corruption allegations? I guess not.

The lack of action will damage the DPP's presidential bid in 2008.

Rao Kok-sian

Winchester, Massachusetts

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