Having left his post as National Security Bureau (NSB) special commissioner to Europe, Shi Hwei-yow (許惠祐) has now decided to establish a Kampf Foundation to fight against injustice and help those in need.
The German word kampf means “struggle” or “fight” in English.
Shi had originally planned to withdraw from politics, not giving any interviews or commenting on political matters.
However, after reading about Mother Ko (柯媽媽), who fought an eight-year struggle against the legislature in the 1990s, Shi realized that justice is something each individual has to fight for.
Ko lost her son in a traffic accident in 1989, after which she launched a campaign asking legislators to help pass a law making it compulsory for drivers to purchase liability insurance.
Following the intervention of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), a draft Compulsory Automobile Liability Insurance Act (強制汽車責任保險法) was passed in December 1996 and ratified in December 1997.
Shi said that he had been slandered on a number of occasions, with people claiming that he had used illegal wiretaps or illegally applied for dependent benefits.
Such claims, added to rumors that his appointment in Europe had been a political payoff, gave the impression that he was “a very bad man,” Shi said.
“I’ve decided not to stay quiet about the matter anymore,” Shi said, adding that as he was considering how to debunk such slanderous rumors, the German word kampf came to mind and fit his mood “like a glove.”
“I’ve decided to establish an organization, with the Chinese name Kang Fu (抗扶), the Chinese transliteration of kampf, to fight against social injustice and help those in need,” he said.
Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer