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`Eliminated' DPP legislator questions party's values

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) had no immediate comment when her name was included in an "elimination" list drawn up by a pro-independence radio show last week in a bid to prevent the 12 listed DPP members from being nominated by the party for the legislative elections.

But her silence did not mean that she interpreted the radio show's criticism, in which she was dubbed "Chinese Khim" (中國琴, meaning she is pro-China) as a fair judgment.

In the latest article posted on her Web blog on Sunday, Hsiao said she felt secluded because no one from within the party gave her a hand after she was targeted by the "elimination" campaign.

The "Surgical Blade Action" launched by the radio show Taiwanese Club last December charged that Hsiao was close to the DPP's former New Tide faction, whose members were largely targeted by the show for their outspokenness and criticism of the DPP.

Last Tuesday, DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun met the hosts of the show, who presented him with some 62,000 signatures they had gathered from the campaign.

Yu said he would take their recommendations seriously.

"When we were being criticized by our supporters, did any party leader step up to ensure basic respect among the members, without consideration for personal election results?" Hsiao wrote in her blog. "I thought the primary was a competition about who can do more for Taiwan. Since when has the silence of party leaders turned the party's primary into a platform for dispute?"

"I can be spirited when facing enemies [in the international arena]," she wrote. "But I am saddened by all the insinuation because it shows Taiwanese do not appreciate the value of unity."

Asked by the Taipei Times to comment on the matter, DPP Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said the party agreed that the criticism by grassroots supporters was not entirely fair.

The party's primary regulations forbid personal attacks and the party is in the process of ascertaining whether the supporters' criticism violated the regulations, he added.

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