The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is the party least qualified to talk about "anti-corruption" and to propose holding a parade with that theme, Democratic Progressive (DPP) Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) said yesterday.
"The history of the KMT is a history of corruption and privilege, and if the party wins back ruling power then its `black gold' [system] will be restored for sure," Lee said.
Lee made the remarks in response to a parade slated to be staged by the KMT on the last weekend before the Dec. 3 local-government elections to protest against what it terms is the DPP's corruption.
The KMT discussed the parade idea during a meeting on Monday, calling it an "anti-corruption, anti-rottenness and anti-insider trading" protest.
The party said it would have local candidates join the protest in their respective cities and counties.
Lee said that recent DPP scandals had been perpetrated by a handful of people and the party had dealt with them quickly. Most DPP members believe in integrity and reform, he added.
Lee said the DPP had faced difficulties from the financial mess left by the KMT government, but had still taken on responsibility for coping with the bad-debt crisis among Taiwan's banks and successfully prevented a financial meltdown from happening.
"If the DPP government's hands were not clean, how could we do it?" Lee said.
The KMT should examine itself and let the public judge which is the real corrupt regime, Lee added.
KMT Chairman and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
Ma, whose father died recently, returned to work after taking bereavement leave on Monday, and will begin campaigning for party candidates on weekends again. He declined to confirm whether he would take some time off as mayor to focus on campaigning for party candidates as the year-end elections approach.
"If we hold campaign events during weekdays, most people have to work and won't be able to join in ... There is no need to take any time off," he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, the KMT yesterday launched its first TV ad for next month's election, titled "Myth." The ad uses a current DPP member to criticize the DPP government, and urges voters to express their disappointment with the government through their votes.
The ad's protagonist, Luo Wu-chang (駱武昌), is former director of the DPP's Taipei City chapter and a long-time DPP member. He has been an activist since his days as a political science student at National Taiwan University, participating in student movements, social movements and political protests to fight for democracy -- against the then-ruling party the KMT.
From being a hard-core supporter to a critic of his own party, Luo said the DPP government has strayed too far away from the party's initial ideals of democracy and justice.
"Like me, I know many DPP supporters must be disappointed in the government. Now we have to fight against the party that we used to believe in, because it is turning away from its own ideals," he says in the ad.