It is deja vu for anyone that has any sense of what has happened in China.
It was because of this same practice coupled with “high-class” cronyism and corruption (greed, for short) that the KMT lost the hearts and minds of the Chinese to the Chinese Communist Party. And now, the same people are here, like carpetbaggers fleecing Taiwanese and perpetuating the same practices.
This brings to focus the current problems with the Control Yuan, the supposed watchdog. This toothless tiger has long outgrown its usefulness, if it ever had any.
The Control Yuan is yet another means not only of “reward” for loyal party members, but even a means for the party or president to reward their favorites. The president can even use it to stack the deck for upcoming troubles. In effect, he can be creating his own personal protection force.
It is ironic that the Presidential Office and KMT spokespersons cry wolf and say that a crisis is in the wings.
If one can think back to when former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was in office, with little worry of crisis, the KMT-dominated Legislative Yuan refused any and all appointees that Chen put forward.
It was not a matter of questioning the credentials of Chen’s appointees, but more a flat denial of any of his applications.
In effect, the KMT was saying that it would rather leave the nation without a watchdog than allow anyone appointed by Chen or the DPP be given a position in the Control Yuan.
However, the situation today is even worse. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is in his final two years of office and is putting forth members for the Control Yuan that even some of his own party find questionable.
Yet Ma pushes on, wanting to have his appointees approved without proper deliberation, just as he has similarly wanted all the elements of the ECFA and the trade pact given a rubber stamp without proper investigation.
What is happening? Such insistence adds the possibility of something even more sinister and corrupt than the rewards of cronyism into the mix.
Ma is one who has always tried to fit square pegs into round holes, whether it be his belief that the Republic of China (ROC) with its outdated 1947 Constitution should be de rigueur for Taiwan and the world, or that the fantasy of the so-called “1992 consensus” — a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted making up in 2000 referring to a tacit understanding between the KMT and the Chinese government that both sides of the Strait acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means — be perpetuated.
Additionally, his actions show that he has no idea of what governing in a democracy means.
Despite this and how obtuse and incompetent he is, it does not mean that he is not calculating.
Control Yuan tenures last for six years. This means that these personally rewarded cronies of Ma will have power not only for the remaining two years of Ma’s presidency, but for the next four years regardless of who or what party wins the presidential elections in 2016.
Ma knows how he twisted and used the system with a double standard to persecute Chen. Now he is apparently seeking several monopolistic get-out-of-jail-free cards for the future.