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Wang Jin-pyng to forgo KMT primary

PUBLIC SERVICE:The former legislative speaker said that he would prepare for any future occasion where he ‘might be called upon’ to serve in the interests of the ROC

By Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng speaks to reporters in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said that he would not join the party’s presidential primary, but did not say if he would run for president as an independent.

Whether the KMT can regain political power in next year’s presidential election is key to the survival and development of the Republic of China (ROC), Wang said in a statement released after his meeting with the KMT’s nomination panel at his Taipei office.

Despite that, the party has been indifferent to questions and concerns raised about its primary regulations, and has done nothing to improve them, he said.

“Instead of participating in an abnormal primary, I would rather devote all my energy to visiting members of the public, networking and integrating resources to solidify what we have and prepare myself for any future occasion where I might be called upon by the party, the public or society to do work for the ROC,” Wang said.

All the resources he is to integrate would be useful to the party, he said, adding: “I will definitely not disappoint the people who hope to see the ruling party step down in next year’s presidential election.”

He informed the KMT’s nomination panel of his decision during the meeting, Wang told reporters following the meeting.

Asked if he would run for president as an independent or in another manner, Wang said: “There is still plenty of time [until the presidential election].”

He would still attend a rally in Kaohsiung tomorrow to mark the founding of his supporters’ club in the city, he said.

Wang pointed to his statement, saying that he would visit members of the public to understand their needs and all resources he gathers would help the KMT.

Asked if he would support any specific primary candidate, Wang said not at the moment.

The KMT said that it respects Wang’s decision.

The KMT is thankful to Wang for being willing to share his resources with the party and hopes that all of its supporters could work together to help it win the presidential election, the party said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) said in a statement that Wang’s decision to continue visiting supporters and networking would add momentum to the party and help it win the presidential election.

Wang is a valuable asset to the KMT and everyone understands his contribution, Gou said.

Asked by reporters at Hon Hai’s headquarters in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖) if he and Wang had reached a deal for Wang to run as his vice president, Gou said that the former legislative speaker’s statement came as a shock to him.

“I knew absolutely nothing about it and there is no such alliance between us,” Gou said. “There probably would not be any teams, because the primary has not even begun.”

Separately, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) said that he was surprised to hear about Wang’s decision.

He expressed gratitude to Wang for his assistance during Kaohsiung’s mayoral election last year.

Wang must have his own reasons and opinion, and everyone should respect that, Han told reporters at the Kaohsiung City Government building, adding that he would find time to thank Wang and seek his advice.

He later issued a statement praising Wang’s contribution to the party and reiterating his gratitude for Wang’s support.

“We must keep Wang in the party and work together to bring down the Democratic Progressive Party and save Taiwan from further downgrades,” the statement said.

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