Mon, Jul 23, 2007 - Page 8 News List


KMT losing weight fast

Last week a Quick Take story (Woman loses 100kg for love, July 11, page 4) told of a young woman who underwent numerous surgeries and procedures to lose 100kg quickly to win the heart of the man she was interested in.

Much like this young woman, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has attempted quick cosmetic changes to make itself more attractive to voters.

But both the woman and the KMT have made a mistake. Quick fixes don't change ingrained habits.

On July 15, KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), said, while commenting on the Martial Law era, that the KMT has been "reflecting" on its conduct since losing the presidency in 2000.

At the same time he challenged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to prove it could do a better job than the KMT and accused it of exploiting martial law history to make the KMT look bad.

His comments made me pause and do a little "reflecting" myself.

"Reflecting" was an interesting choice of terminology, because it does not imply any meaningful action or changes.

The KMT is using its majority in the legislature to hold hostage all legislation that could possibly bring about progress.

It is altering its party charter in order to allow Ma to hold office even if convicted of corruption.

It refuses to return its stolen assets to the people and it is making questionable deals with businesses to help it win elections.

What I would like to know is what conclusion the KMT has reached after all its "reflecting?"

It is hard to find any instances of concrete steps toward improvement in the KMT's behavior.

And why did it take the party until 2000 to start "reflecting" in the first place?

Ma challenged the DPP to prove it is better than the KMT -- another intriguing choice of words.

I may be wrong, but wouldn't that entail making a comparison between the DPP and the KMT? Where should we start? You could begin by looking at the performance of both parties.

With all due respect to Ma, the Martial Law era is not exactly ancient history.

It is in fact so recent that the KMT did not even start "reflecting" on its martial law mistakes until 2000.

This gives us some clue about the KMT's performance. Taking all things into account, I think Ma made a rather foolish challenge.

Based on the statements Ma and his fellow KMT members make, it amazes me that so many prominent politicians here use so little logic in public speaking.

With just these two gems from Ma, you could reach a few conclusions.

Either Ma is truly ignorant and just shooting off his mouth without any forethought, or else he considers the people of Taiwan too ignorant to recognize his faulty logic.

Since Ma is a highly educated man, I believe the latter is the case.

Either way, I think he has proven himself unworthy of holding a top office, especially considering Taiwan wants to continue its path of pursuing democratic reforms.

I truly hope the public will realize that it takes more than a quick nip and tuck to bring about real change in such a well-indoctrinated party as the KMT.



Clear legal status a must

Is Taiwan's sovereignty disappearing? Considering all the problems the embattled DPP administration is currently facing, a precise definition of Taiwan's legal status is more urgent than ever.

Without a clear status, Taiwan cannot attain its deserved place in the international community.

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