Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Chao Li-yun (趙麗雲) yesterday went from “humbly accepting” media criticism of the legislature to blaming the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The change in attitude came after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who doubles as KMT chairman, on Tuesday asked the party to clarify an article in a recent edition of the US-based Foreign Policy journal that named Taiwan, along with the US and other countries, as nations whose legislatures do not work for the people.
Ma said the party should make it clear that the DPP should be held responsible for such an appraisal of the legislature’s performance because its lawmakers were responsible for starting brawls in the legislature, thereby ensuring it has a poor international image.
KMT lawmakers should not be wrongfully criticized for the behavior of others, Ma added.
Following the reports on the article by local media last week, Chao said her caucus would be humble and receptive to any constructive criticism.
However, at a press conference yesterday, Chao and KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) accused the DPP caucus of being responsible for creating a mess in the legislature by showing footage of DPP lawmakers occupying the podium on the floor of the legislature, engaging in fist fights and locking the doors to the legislature chamber.
At a separate setting yesterday, DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) refuted the accusation, accusing Ma and the KMT caucus of “shirking their responsibility” for the incidents.
Noting the KMT has three-quarters of the seats in the legislature, Tsai said it could easily employ parliamentary tactics and improve communication with the DPP to get bills passed instead of ramming them through without debate.
“Blaming the DPP for the legislature’s image was totally unacceptable,” he said.