That word means he is unable to produce a desired effect or that he lacks the ability or qualities to cope with a role or situation. On that point, Ma is silent. Apparently, he is quite comfortable wearing that shoe.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Ma’s empty promises
In his opinion piece, Lu Shih-hsiang (“Ma turning a blind eye to will of Taiwanese,” Dec. 3, page 8) hit the nail on the proverbial head in stating that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in general, and Ma in particular, have done nothing but turn a blind eye and cold shoulder to all Taiwanese. This has been his history from the very beginning. Promises abound, but nothing comes to fruition, while under-the-table dealings with China by a myriad of official/unofficial spokespersons seem to never end. And all these are contrary to his once stated goals.
I realize what I am about to say might be deemed heresy/blasphemy, but the current state of affairs makes one wonder if the “esteemed” personage of Johnny Neihu might be coaxed from retirement to provide the “needle in the backside” of those so full of themselves they need not listen to the vast majority.