Wed, Mar 18, 2009 - Page 8 News List

Pray for Tibet, struggle for Taiwan

By Su Tseng-chang 蘇貞昌

Ma appeared to be taking a strong moral stance in condemning China and supporting Tibet.

Two-and-a-half months after Ma took office as president, it was a different story.

In its Handbook for Spectators at the Beijing Olympics, the Sports Affairs Council warned Taiwanese who went to watch the Games in Beijing not to take national flags into the sports venues, as to do so would be in breach of Chinese laws.

Later, when asked by a foreign journalist about the Dalai Lama’s declared wish to visit Taiwan, Ma ruled out such a visit, saying that the timing was inappropriate.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising. Ordinary Taiwanese sympathizing with the Tibetans have organized several activities in support of Tibet.

Ma, however, has not uttered so much as a word of support.

KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育升), a favorite of Ma, went so far as to propose in his draft Memorial Days and Festivals Act (國定紀念日與節日法) to remove Mar. 14, Anti-Aggression Day, from the list of official memorial days.

Ma’s silence in the face of China’s hegemony and oppression is a cause for disappointment among Tibetans and anger among Taiwanese.

In this month of March, let’s pray for Tibet and resolve to fight for Taiwan.

Despite our disappointment and anger, we have many tasks before us.

We have a long way to go in defending Taiwan.

As long as we choose the right road and keep walking, we will surely reach our goal.

Let’s move forward together.

Su Tseng-chang is a former premier.

TRANSLATED BY JULIAN CLEGG

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