One obviously cannot and should not tar all Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members with the same brush, but two recent happenings have revealed the deep-rooted problems that the nation has with the party.
The first is the shameless effort by former Government Information Office (GIO) official Kuo Kuan-ying (郭冠英) to scrounge a few extra dollars for his retirement fund.
The second is more involved and concerns the long-standing problems the nation has with the KMT, as well as the ineffective role of the Control Yuan.
Both are significant, and they need to be viewed, not separately, but as part of the continuing whole — the unfortunate residue of the KMT’s one-party state days.
Kuo is a man who, in 2009, was sacked from a governmental position with the now-defunct GIO.
At that time, it was discovered that Kuo had written several derogatory and racist rants against Taiwanese, even though he had tried hiding behind a pen name.
The gist of the remarks was that he saw himself as a “high-class Mainlander” who unfortunately had to spend his days working for low-class Taiwanese taibazi (“rednecks”) and questioned the nation’s sovereignty. Kuo lost his government job and pension for that.
Early this year, the downsized and also near-defunct Taiwan Provincial Government all of a sudden created a position for a foreign affairs adviser (as if it needed that). Kuo immediately put in his application.
In the first two stages of the screening process, Kuo scored much lower than other candidates, but then in a rush to judgement in the final stage of evaluation, he suddenly jumped ahead of all other contenders, and was selected.
It did not end there; he was barely a couple of weeks into the job when he applied for retirement (he was just about to turn 65). This raised all sorts of questions and flags.
The first is obvious. Why would the Taiwan Provincial Government hire a disgraced man, who is at the brink of retirement age, for a questionable position, especially when it would have to go through the same process again less than six months later?
The second flag was even more obvious, even laughable, if it did not mean that taxpayers would have to shell out about NT$60,000 a month for the rest of this man’s life.
Here was Kuo, this self-professed “high-class Mainlander,” acting like a low-class thief. It was past KMT hypocrisy writ large.
Enter the Control Yuan. When this job was created and the selection process of the Taiwan Provincial Government was investigated and challenged by Control Yuan member Chien Lin Hui-chun (錢林慧君), legitimate fault was found.
All that resulted from this was that the Control Yuan issued the provincial government a reprimand, tantamount to a slap on the wrist.
Now if this was simply a matter of the “high-class” Kuo showing how he would easily stoop to low-class means to salvage a personal pension, it would be, as was said, shameful and laughable. However, it goes much deeper and points to a consistent and constant KMT modus vivendi.
Involved here is a deep-rooted sense of the KMT priority to reward its “loyal” members regardless of how culpable, grasping and criminal they might be. Kuo is not the first nor will he be the last.
There is more than one guilty person in this case. Kuo’s position had to be created and approved by a number of people in an ongoing, well-oiled apparatus and system. That system was brought to Taiwan and run by a cadre of KMT stalwarts that care primarily for the party and its people and always place them before the nation.