Wed, Jan 18, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Wang expresses hope that politicians can be honest

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Frustrated by the recent confusion over communication with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday expressed a hope that politicians would be more honest with their words.

"Politicians should not describe things as white, when they are clearly black," Wang told reporters yesterday morning.

Wang made the remarks in response to media reports claiming that Wang had said he is considering recording all his telephone conversations with Ma and his camp, because they often misunderstand him.

The most recent incident was when Ma's camp thought that he was worried about whether Ma would nominate him as a KMT legislator-at-large and support his re-election bid as legislative speaker in the next legislative term.

Wang said that he did not respond when Ma's camp called him and told him not to worry, but that this was interpreted differently later.

Wang did not dismiss the media report yesterday saying that he would tape future conversations but said that it would be very "inappropriate" to do so.

"My intention is to see all politicians and everyone else be honest," Wang said. "Only by doing so can a person win long-term respect and acceptance."

Wang, however, refused to say whether his comment was targeted at a specific person, saying that the rule should apply to everyone.

While Ma yesterday said that he would like to meet with Wang in a bid to clear up the confusion, Wang said that he did not see the need to do so at the moment.

He did say, however, that it is still possible for them to meet before he embarks on an overseas trip before the Lunar New Year.

Wang also revealed that the Examination Yuan is unlikely to ask the legislature to reconsider its frozen budget plan.

"The Examination Yuan thought it was unnecessary to file the request as its budget was frozen, not cut," Wang said.

"Besides, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is not very keen on asking the legislature to reconsider the government budget," he added.

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