Tue, Oct 09, 2012 - Page 8 News List

[ LETTER]

Time to restore our dignity

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators don’t care about public opinion, and only act according to their party’s needs. The result is to be expected: The KMT has abused privileges, benefits and party assets to consolidate itself as a ruling clique for years.

This system is like an impregnable fortress, almost impossible to destroy. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will never regain power from the KMT under these circumstances, in a Republic of China (ROC) that is controlled by “a government in exile.”

According to newspaper reports, government officials allegedly lied about former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) state of health and recent medical treatment at Taipei Veterans General Hospital.

In the Legislative Yuan, when legislators questioned officials about this matter on Sept. 24, the officials said they would accept all responsibility.

As the proverb says, “The thief is fiercer than the master.”

Under these circumstances, opposition legislators look like “soft-foot shrimps” — unable to deal with government officials who are protected by the powerful and the KMT’s partners in crime.

Therefore, if we continue to struggle within the ROC system, legislators, tempted by the privileges and benefits of maintaining the status quo, will eventually lose their ambition and desire to pursue justice and fairness. This is a cause for great regret and distress.

When legislators are not able to manage “lying” officials, one should step back and find ways to restore the dignity and moral integrity of the people of Taiwan.

Adopting an attitude of “I leave if you don’t leave,” legislators should break away from this unfair ruling clique system as soon as possible.

There should be no more indulgement and enjoying of the privileges and benefits within this system. Only if opposition legislators take action will Taiwan have a future to look forward to.

I think DPP legislators should be distressed when they read a news story in the Liberty Times dated Sept. 25, A1, titled “Tough Times in Taiwan: Rising Prices and a Soaring Unemployment Rate.”

In conclusion, I would like to advise my fellow Taiwanese to not expect any good outcomes from the elections in 2014 and 2016. We must break away from this government-in-exile regime to establish our own country as soon as possible.

This is the only way we can recover Taiwanese dignity.

Yang Liu Hsiu-Hwa

Taipei

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