While some members of the pan-blue camp yesterday came forward to defend Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
Ma, who also doubles as the KMT's chairman, is under fire over allegations that he misused his special expense fund.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
"Ma has abided by the law. It seems to me that the problems arose because of [a staffer's] administrative negligence, rather than any embezzlement [on Ma's part]," Wang said.
Wang was referring to Taipei City Government Secretariat Director Lee Sush-der's (李述德) announcement on Tuesday that staffer Yu Wen (余文) substituted his own receipts for larger amounts for receipts for smaller amounts to simplify his paperwork.
KMT Legislator Tsai Chin-lung (
KMT Central Standing Committee member Sheen Ching-jing (
KMT Legislator Shuai Hua-min (
Most party members however, including KMT legislators Wu Yu-sheng (
"I believe in Chairman Ma's integrity ... He did not lobby on behalf of any enterprises, nor was he involved in insider trading. How can you compare a horse [Ma] with a crocodile [Chen]?" Lien said when asked to compare the scandal over Ma's fund with that over the president's "state affairs fund."
Wu said that Ma should make copies of his receipts available for public examination.
In response, Ma said that because his original receipts had been sent to the prosecutors, even copies of those receipts might be considered evidence and hence barred from public disclosure.
Ma expressed his deep regret and shame over the scandal, but said that Shuai's suggestion that he resign was premature.
After the meeting, committee member Lai Shyh-bao (
People First Party (PFP) Spokesman Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) told a press conference at the legislature that his party hoped Ma would overcome the greatest difficulty in his political career so far.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday urged prosecutors to consider Ma as an accused person in the investigation into his special allowance fund.
DPP Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (
Hsu and his colleague Kuan Bi-ling (