Ma, with his popularity rating having fallen to 13 percent, does not want to play by the rules of democracy and would prefer to wrangle another term as KMT chairman. Who knows what he thinks the public’s impression of him is? However, what is more important is what Ma has demonstrated here.
Taiwanese must take note that the KMT is not conducting itself internally in any way consistent with democratic principles, and that if the KMT fails to complete a democratic transformation Taiwan will continue in the same way it has over the past four years, going backwards from consolidating its democracy to seeing it go into reverse and descending into a hotbed for dictatorial rule under the KMT hand-in-hand with the CCP.
Translated by Paul Cooper