Wed, Feb 14, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Pro-independence group says Ma unfit to be president

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is not fit to run as a presidential candidate because of his opposition to changing the names of state-run industries, a pro-Taiwan independence group said yesterday.

The Northern Taiwan Society held a press conference yesterday afternoon to endorse the administration's efforts to change the names of Chunghwa Post Co and Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC), which were renamed Taiwan Post Co and CPC, Taiwan.

Michelle Wang (王美琇), deputy secretary-general of the Northern Taiwan Society, yesterday criticized Ma for being a "conservative reactionary who reaps where he has not sown."

"Not only he is not qualified to be the president, but he is not even fit to be a presidential candidate," she said.

Hours after she made the remarks at a press conference, prosecutors announced Ma had been indicted on corruption charges. Ma shortly afterwards announced he was resigning as KMT chairman and that he would run in the 2008 presidential election.

Noting that the Democratic Progressive Party administration had come under fire for not changing names of state-run businesses earlier, Wang yesterday said "a belated justice is still justice."

"Anytime is a good time to do the right thing," she added,"I just wish we could have gone all the way."

Yosoh Kure (吳煜宗), convenor of the association's law and politics department, argued that Chunghwa Post Co union members were not in a position to stage a protest against the name change, which was approved by company board members. Nor is the name change an issue that would affect their year-end bonuses or profits, he said.

"The protest is a labor action aided by political parties and is meant to lead public opinion astray," he said. "Apparently the union collaborated with the pan-blue camp to stage the protest, which is very inappropriate."

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