Lawmakers from the opposition People First Party (PFP) yesterday called for the dismissal of two officials from the Examination Yuan who have denied the existence of the Republic of China (ROC).
Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄), convener of the PFP caucus at the Legislative Yuan, said President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who was sworn in as ROC president should honor his official oath by firing Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文), president of the Examination Yuan and Lin Yu-ti (林玉体), a member of the yuan, who claimed that the ROC is not their country and that Sun Yat-sen (孫中山), the founder of the ROC, was a foreigner.
Leaving the two at their posts would make Chen a hypocrite since he said that he is the president of the ROC, an entity that Yao and Lin deny exists. Another PFP lawmaker, Hsu Yuan-kuo (許淵國), called on Yao and Lin to quit their posts on their own to show that they meant what they said instead of hanging on to jobs in a country they don't acknowledge.
Yao and Lin drew fire from the blue camp by claiming earlier this week that Taiwan is not the ROC, and that the Examination Yuan's history test for government employees should exclude the ROC's history.