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The Liberty Times Editorial: KMT uses law as a political weapon

If Ma wants to be remembered as Mr Democracy, he should listen to their concerns and implement reform if any mistakes have occurred. When this group of petitioners hears that the government feels foreigners should stay out of Taiwan’s domestic political situation, they will probably become even more concerned about political motives behind the hunt for the missing documents.

It has taken the government almost three years to handle the case of the missing documents “in accordance with the law” — the administrative efficiency is breathtaking. According to the general procedure for handling official documents at government institutions — the Presidential Office is no exception — such documents must go through acceptance, registration, distribution, handling and filing procedures.

With more than 30,000 documents missing, the Presidential Office should first require that the department handling documents promptly compile a report on the handling process and offer a public explanation. Above all, following this international call for justice, the government can no longer turn a deaf ear.

This international group of 34 academics and writers are not the only people complaining. More than two years ago, the human rights reports of the US Congress, Freedom House, The Economist, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders repeatedly showed how democracy, liberty and human rights in Taiwan were deteriorating under Ma. The experience of these international observers is confirmed by the experience of people here in Taiwan.

This should increase our worries that the increasingly close relationship between the Ma administration and the autocratic Chinese government will become closer still and that the international community once again will begin to see Taiwan as the authoritarian state it used to be.

As the true masters of Taiwan, we must use the coming legislative and presidential elections to tell the world that the Ma administration does not represent mainstream Taiwanese society.

TRANSLATED BY PERRY SVENSSON

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