The People First Party (PFP) yesterday urged Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
"We propose the establishment of a committee on a KMT-PFP consolidation, and urge KMT Chairman Ma to meet Chairman Soong as soon as possible to discuss the merger," PFP spokesperson Hsieh Kung-ping (
Issues awaiting further discussion include proper arrangements for PFP members after the merger, and cooperation between the two parties in the Legislative Yuan, Hsieh said.
Soong paid a visit to Ma for the first time in early September after Ma took over the chairmanship. The Ma-Soong meeting failed to generate any solid conclusion on the arms-procurement package, and did not address KMT-PFP cooperation in the local government elections.
But Saturday's elections, in which the KMT swept most local posts, have changed the political landscape. One result is that many think a KMT-PFP merger may finally be accomplished, since Soong is reportedly open to a second Ma-Soong meeting and pan-blue consolidation.
After the committee meets with Ma, Hsieh said, the KMT should present a concrete merger plan for the PFP to follow. Besides, to solve the complicated merger problems unanswered in the hasty Ma-Soong meeting last time, Ma should give more time to the meeting this time, and the merger plan could be carried out after the meeting.
Ma said the party will discuss the schedule of the second Ma-Soong meeting in the coming days, and that the KMT will respect the PFP on the issue.
"So far we did not invite any PFP members to return to the KMT, and we will respect PFP members' opinions on the merger issue," he said yesterday after presiding as Mayor over a Taipei municipal meeting.
In response to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (