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PERCing and choosing at the GIO

By Celia Llopis-jepsen 游思麗

The newsletter says the Chen trial was “widely seen as being transparent,” the evidence was “fairly compelling” and the courts “came off as independent.” That comprises two sentences of the four paragraphs.

The rest of the passage discusses grave problems with corruption in both the DPP and the KMT and public skepticism over the parties’ efforts to tackle graft.

It refers to Ma’s efforts as KMT chairman to rehold the scandal-plagued KMT Central Standing Committee election as an “empty gesture” unlikely to change public opinion.

Ma has promised to offload the KMT’s business interests, it says, “but these promises have dragged on for so many years ... that the KMT is still seen by many as much for its business clout as for its political influence.”

“Big incidents” of corruption within the KMT “continue to be covered up” and those responsible “are rarely held accountable,” it says.

I wonder if Su would be willing to describe these comments as reflective of the appraisals of international investigative organizations. Probably not.

Next time this government cites PERC, take its claims with a grain of salt.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen is an editor at the Taipei Times.

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