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Tue, Oct 08, 2013 - Page 8

Ma still owes an apology

One month after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) first attempted to topple Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), he has finally conceded he must drop his appeal against the Taiwan High Court’s injunction. While this is good for political stability, Ma still owes the country an apology.

After all, he has thrown society into turmoil by abandoning executive neutrality, becoming involved in alleged illegal wiretapping, all through his own sheer obstinacy. By announcing the decision not to appeal, all he has indicated was that he now knows he was wrong.

Second, Ma decided not to appeal after the persons involved had already been investigated. Although there may be no direct link here, there is also the possibility he was trying to flout the rules, shift the focus of the case and hope that the public would just forgive and forget. It goes without saying he should apologize for his initial rash and clumsy behavior.

Most importantly, if the national leader has caused so much anxiety through a court case entirely of his own making, and subsequently acknowledges his own error and decides not to appeal, why does he not apologize to the public?

I wish that politicians could understand more how the public thinks, and keep their own affairs in order, and not simply realize the gravity of the situation after they have stirred up so much anger among the public.

Li Kuan-long

Greater Tainan