Tue, Aug 23, 2005 - Page 3 News List

DPP pressures Ma to address KMT's party assets

BY KO SHU-LING  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday threatened to push a bill to make the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) dispose of its improperly acquired assets if KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) fails to tackle the thorny issue during the next legislative session.

"Since the bill is not listed as one of our priority bills for the next legislative session, we will first give Chairman Ma some time to take care of the matter," DPP caucus whip William Lai (賴清德) said.

When asked what he meant by "some time," Lai said that the party will wait until October or November to see whether Ma genuinely means what he said about taking care of the KMT's party-asset problems.

Lai made the remark in response to comments by Ma on Sunday that he is determined to clear up problems regarding the party's assets by 2008. Ma also dismissed accusations that the KMT is a "foreign regime" and said that the party should establish its own Taiwan discourse.

Lai said that instead of focusing on establishing a Taiwanese discourse, the KMT should concentrate on how to truly love the nation and put this into concrete action.

Lai also questioned the KMT's patriotism, saying former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) had failed to tell friend from foe in visiting China after it passed the "Anti-Secession" Law and instructing KMT lawmakers to habitually block government bills at the legislature.

If Ma aspires to prove that his party is not a foreign regime, the KMT should unconditionally return its ill-gotten party assets to the people, Lai said.

The party should also stop cooperating with the Chinese Communist Party and boycotting the arms procurement plan, he added.

"Whether the KMT is a foreign regime or not does not depend on if it has a Taiwan discourse," he said. "I strongly suggest Chairman Ma return the party's inappropriately acquired party assets to the people rather than selling them off at low prices."

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said that as a KMT member he will support Ma's call to establish the party's Taiwan discourse "to a certain extent."

He refused to comment on Ma's remarks about party assets though, saying that he is not in a position to do so.

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