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[LETTERS]

Media maggots hit new low

The desperation of Taiwan has sunk to a new low. Not only are the last 20-odd years of democratization being thrown on the scrap heap by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) media clout and island-wide patronage, but now the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is also seemingly falling over itself to contribute to this nation’s complete subjugation.

Notwithstanding the myriad falsehoods and pretentious “Taiwanese” claims of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the DPP is also losing its grip on reality. Instead of challenging the KMT elite on substantive topics, the DPP continues to focus on non-issues that actually serve to denigrate the past and invite the KMT overlords to use their media might to erase the real injustices from history.

This is an absolute tragedy for a people with such a rich and meaningful history of their own. The most recent example is the pathetic DPP call for the release of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) (“DPP calls for release of Chen,” June 26, page 1). It was pathetic, because instead of highlighting the complete prejudice and oppression of the whole process and their ramifications, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) sees fit to fuel the fire of those KMT media bandits whose careers revolve around the daily blurring and obscuring of any issues of substance.

How idiotic to state in this context that Chen has “disappointed the public” and “failed to keep his family in line.”

What a load of nonsense. The proven facts to date are that after two failed attempts, the KMT summarily changed judges and have since kept the former president in incarceration without the slightest regard for fairness and justice.

This blatant political vendetta has brought the whole Republic of China judicial system into international disrepute and drawn much derision from legal experts, but Taiwanese themselves remain for the most part oblivious — for lamentably obvious reasons.

It is incumbent on the DPP to start focusing on the huge number of genuine matters of concern for authentic Taiwanese before it’s too late, and in doing so, not give unnecessary and unfounded credence to the spewings of those media maggots whose only goal is to make real issues farcical in order to preserve and entrench their and their masters’ unjust elitist status.

DAVID KAY

Taipei

Taiwan’s soul may be lost

An extremely important meeting of the Kaohsiung City Council’s Disciplinary Committee was scheduled to convene on Monday, April 20, at 3pm to discuss the case of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung City Councilor Huang Shao-ting (黃紹庭) who, like his nefarious and now infamous cohort former KMT legislator Diane Lee (李慶安), is alleged to possess dual citizenship — a felonious offense under Taiwan’s own Nationality Act (國籍法).

But to my great chagrin, and to the chagrin of many others, the meeting scheduled for April 20 had to be canceled when only two of the seven members on the Disciplinary Committee bothered to show up. More than two-thirds of the members boycotted the meeting, thus forcing its cancelation.

In my view, this constitutes a gross dereliction of duty. The meeting scheduled for April 20 was an extremely important one, the first meeting of its kind to have been scheduled in nearly a quarter of a century.

I can only wonder if by any chance the five members who failed to show up were KMT members, as are Lee and Huang.

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