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[ LETTER ]

Where does the KMT belong?

After the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) brutal defeat in the Nov. 29 nine-in-one elections, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) resigned as the party’s chairman.

While voters expected Ma to sincerely and truly hand over the position to a successor, he repeatedly manipulated the party power scheme, named Vice President Wu Dun-yi (吳敦義) as acting chairman and appointed a yes-man, former vice premier Mao Chih-kuo (毛治國), as the premier. Again, Ma’s disgraceful abuse of executive power upset the pan-blue and pan-green camps.

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said the reason for the election results was because the KMT has departed from its founding principles of a party of the people, by the people and for the people. As a member of the KMT, he cannot escape his duty and had to assume the responsibility of plunging into the party chairmanship election. Chu’s announcement won a positive response from almost the entire KMT. It looks like he is set to be elected as the party’s next chairman.

Chu realizes there are many issues that need to be addressed.

First, he needs to ensure Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) membership for the party to unify.

Second, he must connect with young voters and apologize for the behavior of former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) toward them.

Third, he should get rid of ill-gotten party assets and return the money to the public.

Fourth, he needs to restrain the behavior of former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih (林益世), who was sentenced for accepting bribes, but has remained out of prison.

There are plenty more issues to be addressed also.

Chu said that if he is elected as chairman, he would not seek the party’s nomination to run for president in 2016.

Instead, he set as a priority the amendment of the Constitution from a dual leadership system to a parliamentary system.

It looks like Chu is heading in the right direction to reform the KMT.

However, the fundamental issue facing the KMT is the one surrounding national identity.

The KMT’s name shows it pledges allegiance to China. Taiwan is nothing but a motel, or shelter for the party to take advantage of; sooner or later it will return to China.

The KMT is now on friendly terms with its former enemy, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which kicked it out of China in 1949, but despite living and surviving in Taiwan since then, it does not recognize the nation as its new home.

The results of the nine-in-one elections were the worst defeat for the KMT since their loss to the CCP.

This time Taiwanese voters have delivered a very clear message; they rejected Ma being so close to China.

The principle of politics is to protect voters, defend their interests, secure their growth and provide them with peace, prosperity and happiness.

These goals are tied to the basic requirement of a national identity.

If the KMT does not accept and recognize Taiwan’s identity, it should relocate to China to develop its ambitions. It should not remain in Taiwan to abuse resources and credit.

Now, it is time for people to examine all political parties. Do they work for Taiwanese interests?

The KMT should honestly identify itself as Chinese or Taiwanese. Is the party part of Taiwan’s political arena or China’s?

John Hsieh

Hayward, California

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