How did we reach a state of affairs in which neither Ma nor the officials in all these departments give a damn about any criticism leveled against them?
The KMT, the legislature and even supposedly independent bodies have all sunk to the level of merely doing Ma’s bidding, even though his approval rate is now down to a miserable 11 percent, if not lower. These institutions’ members should have a good look at what has happened to Wang. Perhaps they have skeletons in their cupboards and are worried that they may be next in line to have their phones tapped and their dirty linen hung out in public.
If Taiwan has reached the point where its democracy can hardly function anymore, it is a sad day indeed, and that is why society needs to have a serious discussion about what the core issues in the struggle between Ma and Wang really are.
Translated by Julian Clegg