Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government to tackle larger and more serious issues during the election campaign rather than attacking its critics like himself.
“The president and the premier aren’t tackling the real issues,” Lee, 88, said on his Facebook page. “They are using national resources to take turns to criticize me, an old retired man, on the news and the Internet. Will this get them votes?”
The former president was upset when Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said in an interview that Lee “burdened” democracy with his alleged ties to organized crime.
After Lee replied by making reference to Wu as a liar, the premier, President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) running mate in January’s presidential election, said the last person to call him a liar has since died, referring to former Chung Shing Bank chairman Wang Yu-yun (王玉雲).
Meanwhile, on his Facebook page, Lee also questioned why Ma chose to make lower rice wine costs an example of a campaign promise that was kept.
“[Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp] would have been responsible for this,” Lee said, referring to the state-owned company that sells the wine. “It’s only mentioned every day because the president doesn’t have anything else to talk about. Grave unemployment numbers, rising income disparities and housing prices that shock people. Life is difficult for the public, but the government has not made one bit of progress.”
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