People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) yesterday criticized PFP members who have recently said they want to leave the party for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), saying that such remarks are inappropriate and that they shouldn't describe the PFP as such an unbearable party.
The criticism came after several PFP members said Tuesday that if the PFP wants to merge with its "pan-blue" ally the KMT, it should do so as soon as possible.
Soong made the remarks prior to his departure for Malaysia to attend a "Global Peace Forum" being held by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. He said that the nature of the PFP is quite different from that of the KMT, and that the PFP is a party that has its own ideas and an insistence on rationality.
Soong advised those PFP members who made the "senseless remarks" on Tuesday that they should think of the Taiwanese people and work to create a better future for them.
In response, PFP caucus whip Sun Ta-chian (孫大千) yesterday said he feels sorry about the misunderstanding caused by the remark he made and will explain himself to Soong as soon as Soong returns from the overseas trip.
Sun said that remarks in which he likened the party to a piece of "used toilet paper" were a response to a media inquiry.
"I feel deeply sorry for not explaining the matter to the chairman sooner, and I'm sorry to see him still upset about it before his departure," he said.
Sun said that his remark was based on the theory that a party will be doing an effective job once it accomplishes its historic duty.
Sun said he agrees that party members should not engage in vitriolic bickering over the merger plan, and that the focus should be on how to achieve the goal of a KMT-PFP merger, and not on how many PFP members want to joint the KMT.