Huang made a detailed report to Ma, quite at odds with the law. Regardless, whether Wang and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) conspired to influence the judiciary was an executive matter, not a legal one, and should have been dealt with by the legislature’s Discipline Committee. Ma went on to accuse Wang of attempting to exercise improper influence over the judiciary, and the general public bought into it.
However, the public have a right to see whether the legislature’s Discipline Committee launches an investigation and deals with the allegations in the proper way. Further, both Ker and the legislative speaker should cooperate with the committee’s probe.
The nation has already paid a huge price because of this turmoil, and we need to be compensated in full if we are to recover from the blow that has been dealt. The matter is not for Ma, Wang and the KMT to sort out in private. It is a national matter, not an internal party matter. They cannot be allowed to get away with this, and keep hold of their power and influence. We need answers.
Shih Ming-teh is a former Democratic Progressive Party chairman.
Translated by Paul Cooper