Sun, Oct 18, 2009 - Page 3 News List

ANALYSIS: Cleaning up the KMT’s illicit assets is no easy task

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

The party elected 32 central standing committee members last week amid allegations of bribery. The KMT promised to annul the election of any member found guilty of bribing voters, but no actions have been made. As to the Taitung County commissioner election, the party’s nominee Justin Huang (黃健庭) resigned as KMT legislator last week to focus on the upcoming battle.

It is speculated, however, that the KMT made an under-the-table deal with Taitung County Commissioner Kuang Li-chen (鄺麗貞) when it dissuaded her from running for re-election by promising to nominate her or her ex-husband, former Taitung County commissioner Wu Chun-li (吳俊立), for the legislative by-election.

“It’s like a slap in the face for Ma. It is extremely difficult to bring fundamental change to the party when he has to count on local factions to win the year-end elections,” Ku said.

The party is also scrambling to deal with splits in Yunlin, Hualien, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Nantou and Kinmen.

“Ma will make some compromises because no party can afford to lose the elections,” Lee said.

Wang Kun-yi (王崑義), a professor at National Taiwan Ocean University, said Ma also doubled as KMT chairman to facilitate the implementation of his cross-strait policies.

The Ma administration could become authoritarian and push through cross-strait policies without supervision if the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) fails to keep the KMT’s performance in check, Wang said.

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