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The Liberty Times Editorial: Ma should listen to his own words

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has the responsibility to represent Taiwan to other countries and he should act according to the Republic of China (ROC) Constitution to improve living standards here. However, since Sept. 6, Ma has been breaking the promises he made.

As governing has worsened, economic depression has set in, the lives of poor people have become harder by the day, unemployment among young people continues to rise and other social problems continue to increase, Ma became personally involved in a power struggle by manipulating the constitutional and judicial systems. This has thrown the government into chaos and has seen government departments that should serve the public come to an almost complete standstill.

Meanwhile, Ma has not showed any sign of changing his ways or remedying the situation. If he continues to ignore his duties, he should resign from the position he is no longer fit for so the nation can retain a thread of dignity.

On Sept. 11, before the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Disciplinary Committee revoked the party membership of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Ma delivered a seven-minute-long speech — a speech that he should apply to himself. Ma said that no Taiwanese could accept the way Wang avoided answering questions about his alleged illegal lobbying, neither making any response to it or offering any apology for it.

Ma also said that regardless of how good a relationship he may have with Wang, there is no way he could just sit by and watch the legislative speaker engage in blatant tampering with the judiciary, nor could he sit by and allow Wang to insult the KMT.

However, if Ma’s words were applied to himself and we accept that interfering with the judiciary is a much more serious problem, then Ma’s position as president should be immediately revoked.

On Oct. 2, Ma — indifferent to the fact that the public expects him to be busy governing the country — spoke to the media again. What he said had nothing to do with important issues like what steps could be taken to improve the quality of life. Ma was concerned with one thing and that was how he was preparing himself to appear as a witness in the wiretapping and leaking case involving the Special Investigation Division (SID).

Throughout the interview, Ma revealed how over the days beforehand he had engaged in even more improper handling of evidence related to the Wang allegations. His remarks once again seriously damaged the respect and trust a national leader should have and filled most people with regret.

Ma admitted that in regards to the allegations involving Wang and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), he not only met with the prosecutor-general twice, but that on Aug. 31 he also met with Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and former Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) to discuss the issue.

At that time, the investigation into Wang was still ongoing — it was not closed until Sept. 5. As such, the prosecutor-general clearly acted against the principle of confidentiality in an ongoing investigation. Not only did a leak did take place, it was a considerable one.

Ma also admitted that from Sept. 6 through Sept. 28, he spoke with the prosecutor-general several times over the telephone, but said he had forgotten the exact number of times they talked. They must have spoken on several occasions if Ma cannot remember the exact number.

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