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Yu Shyi-kun slams Chao

HARD TO FORGIVE The DPP chairman was quoted as saying that Chao Chien-ming's apology could do little to undo the damage he had done to the party

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian's son-in-law Chao Chien-ming and Chao's mother Chien Shui-mien are mobbed by reporters as they leave Chao's Taipei residence yesterday to participate in the first lady's birthday celebrations.

PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) son-in-law Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘) has done so much damage to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that it is difficult to forgive him, a DPP spokesman yesterday quoted DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun as saying.

Commenting on Chao's apology to the DPP on Monday night when he was released on bail, the DPP Chairman reportedly said that Chao's apology did not make any sense because the integrity and image of the party had been damaged.

"I feel this apology just isn't enough, and is meaningless," DPP spokesman Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) yesterday quoted Yu as saying. "The DPP has been branded `guilty' already, regardless of the result of the trial. And it would be very difficult for the DPP to mend this damage in a short space of time."

"It is hard for me to forgive Chao," Tsai quoted Yu as saying, adding that the DPP could only wait for the justice system to discover the truth about the case and vindicate the party.

Tsai said that the DPP was disappointed with Chao's reaction and remarks after he was granted bail.

"Chao should have been more low-key after he was released. Any inappropriate remarks and actions could damage the DPP's image even further," Tsai said.

DPP caucus whip Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) said yesterday that Chao had "sentenced" the DPP to a virtual life term, adding that the approval ratings for both the party and the government had dropped since the scandal was exposed.

"From now on, the DPP has to exert its time and efforts to prove to its supporters that Chao's personal conduct has nothing to do with the party and will not affect the DPP's reforms," Chen Chin-jun said.

DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) said he was worried that Chao's case would have a negative impact on the party's performances in the Taipei and Kaohsing mayoral elections in December.

"I can predict that we will have a difficult campaign at the end of the year," Huang said.

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