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Ma has double standards

A recent Taipei Times editorial concluded that the conflict of interest on the part of Mongolian and Tibetan Commission Minister Tsai Yu-ling (蔡玉玲) is “not only out of sync with Ma’s statements about high moral standards, it poses a valid cause for concern” (“Tsai contradicts Ma’s ‘moral quest,’” Dec. 6).

What concern? Whose concern? It is certainly not President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) concern.

Ma must have received background information on Tsai from the National Security Bureau, which checked out her background thoroughly — including her joint real-estate properties in China — before appointing Tsai as minister.

At this moment in time, the question we should be asking is: Why did Ma select Tsai?

The answer is simple. Yes, the appointment did not violate the the Act Governing the Relations Between the Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例), (which in fact is an act for ordinary people, not for government officials: It has been misinterpreted), as Ma’s office has argued.

Rather, Ma believed that Tsai’s resources and strength in China would help to advance the Ma administration’s future political dealings with Beijing, due to the established relations between her husband’s law firm, Taiwanese businesspeople in China and Chinese Communist Party officials, and that any objection from opposition parties and the media would not last and would be vaporized in two weeks.

Does Ma set high standards? Take a few criminal cases in court as examples: First, the case of Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世); second, the case of Lai Su-ju (賴素如), executive manager of the Office of the Chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT); third, Cho Po-chung (卓伯仲), brother of the commissioner of Changhua County; and fourth, Nantou County Commissioner Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿).

All the above-mentioned people were Ma’s confidantes or foot soldiers. Did Ma condemn those people’s corruption? No.

By now, we know that the promises Ma made during his election campaigns were political propaganda, hot air or incapable of being realized.

Yet today he is still talking about high moral standards. However, what he is talking about is his own standard and not the common standards that the general public know.

Ma is a man without credibility.

If Ma’s words can be trusted, then as Chen Li-hung (陳立宏), a well-known panelist on TVBS talk shows, said: Dog’s shxx can be eaten.

Ken Huang

Murrieta, California

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