A Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker's proposal to recall the president generated enthusiastic discussion in the KMT's Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday, although KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (
The proposal, however, met with a cool response from Ma and the other members of the Central Standing Committee.
"The Kaohsiung mayoral and councilor elections are a big enough task for us. I think we should consider the timing and the special circumstances of the elections in the south first," KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (
KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) also opposed the proposal, saying the party's legislative caucus should propose a motion of censure instead.
Ting defended his proposal as an attempt to prevent the president from creating more political feuding and cross-strait upset.
KMT Legislator Chu Fong-chi (
"Chen is a public enemy, and the KMT should be a responsible opposition party and take the chance to force Chen to think about the consequences of his actions," she said.
Ma called on party members not to overlook the seriousness of the matter, and ordered the policy committee to conduct careful research before making any decision.
Ma yesterday denied he was planning to merge the National Policy Foundation, whose chairman is former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰), with the party
The foundation, which served as the KMT's think tank under the administration of Lien, has a total of 483 staff, and is reportedly facing serious financial difficulty after the party failed to provide it with NT$60 million (US$1.85 million) in funds.
Ma dismissed the rumor that the KMT is merging the foundation with the party, while stressing that his party is suffering from a heavy financial burden.
"We do not have any such plans so far, but I hope that everyone can understand that the KMT is currently suffering from severe financial difficulties," Ma said at KMT headquarters yesterday morning.