Mon, Mar 03, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Fei's passing recalls lost era of ethnic cooperation

By Lin Mei-Chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

But the lawmaker came under criticism from party radicals for his moderate political stance. Fei sought reform from "within the system," called for peaceful co-existence with the KMT and strongly opposed Taiwan independence.

What further strained his relationship with the DPP was his reluctance to forgo his seat as a senior legislator.

The only DPP senior legislator in the "permanent parliament" -- under which the KMT claimed its members could only be re-elected if they recovered China, Fei became an immediate target when the DPP demanded parliamentary reform.

The DPP refused to accept Fei's proposals, in which he maintained that he would only give up his post if the party agreed to keep certain Chinese representatives in the legislature -- an idea designed to keep the parliament from being controlled by Taiwanese.

The incident prompted Fei to break away from the party in 1988. He decided to abandon his seat two years later and faded from the political scene after moving to the US.

In retrospect, his four-decades in politics appear to have been a lonely journey.

Outspoken and strong-minded, Fei did not make many friends for he had often been sandwiched by his KMT comrades and his new Taiwanese DPP friends. Kang Ning-hsiang was one of his few political allies.

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