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Lien hints at action against Lee

MOMENT OF TRUTH Sounding like he could be nearing a decision, KMT Chairman Lien Chan said the party would ``do what it should do'' regarding Lee's support of the TSU

By Stephanie Low  /  STAFF REPORTER

KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) yesterday said the party would "do what it should do" and deal with the alleged disciplinary violations of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝).

"The KMT is a political party and should look at things from the perspective of the party's development. And we should do things according to our system, namely our charter and discipline. Nobody can stay out of reach of this system," KMT spokesman Wang Chih-kang (王志剛) quoted Lien as saying.

Lien made the remarks during a meeting of the KMT's Central Standing Committee in response to a proposal seeking disciplinary action against Lee.

Lien said that safeguarding the interests of the party is the most important consideration for the KMT.

Lien ordered the party's Evaluation and Discipline Committee to conduct an in-depth study on the matter.

Chen Kang-chin (陳庚金), director-general of the Evaluation and Discipline Committee, said his committee will work out different "plans" for handling the matter and present them to a meeting for discussion on Monday.

"The speech and conduct of former chairman Lee have indeed harmed the KMT. This is an undeniable fact," Chen said.

Chen, however, would not reveal what the "plans" would include.

Chen said a major consideration of his committee will be to try to find a way to maintain party discipline while lessening the negative impact caused by any action the party would take.

According to KMT rules, possible punishments for a disciplinary violation can range from reprimand, suspension of membership or revocation of membership to expulsion, depending on the severity of the violation.

Throwing his explicit support behind the Taiwan Solidarity Union, Lee said on Monday that the TSU's ideals were consistent with his own and that he would do everything he could to help the TSU achieve victory in the year-end legislative elections.

Lee also denied reports that said he would campaign for some KMT legislative candidates.

Lee's remarks immediately triggered a strong reaction from a number of KMT politicians.

While lawmaker Hung Hsing-rong (洪性榮) on Monday suggested that Lee quit the party voluntarily, Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), lawmaker and a member of the Central Standing Committee, on Tuesday asked the party to punish Lee swiftly.

Hung Hsiu-chu took her proposal to the Central Standing Committee yesterday, saying the party should hand down "proper punishment" to Lee for "openly defaming" and "attempting to split" the KMT.

Hung said she prefers an expulsion for Lee, but she would not be insistent should the party intends to avoid the move because of "political considerations."

"Winning the year-end elections is our first priority. We don't want to trigger a backlash by mishandling the matter," Hung said.

While most of Standing Committee members were mum on the matter yesterday, many favor a cautious approach.

"The TSU now enjoys only a 3 percent support rate. The KMT should avoid a high-profile move that may boost the TSU's halo," said lawmaker and committee member Hsu Shu-po (許舒博).

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