Commenting on Vice President Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) alleged involvement in the corruption case of former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih (林益世), Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said the media was wasting social resources.
The Chinese-language Next Magazine last month alleged that Lin had taken a NT$63 million (US$2.15 million) bribe to help Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥), head of Ti Yung Co, a metal-recycling company, secure slag treatment contracts from China Steel Corp (CSC) and two of its subsidiaries in 2010 and of asking for a further NT$83 million this year.
On July 9, political pundit Hu Chung-hsin (胡忠信) said on-air that he had proof that someone in the higher echelons of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), whom he called Mr X, was involved in Lin’s alleged corruption case.
Hu Chung-hsin alleged that it was Mr X who had directed Chen to Lin, adding that Mr X said that Lin was his “voting powerhouse in the south [of Taiwan].”
Despite Hu Chung-hsin’s comments being ultimately dismissed as false by investigators, the media alluded that Hu Chung-hsin’s “Mr X” was Wu.
Jason Hu said the people attacking Wu are asking new questions every day and every answer the vice president gives only breeds new questions focused on different issues. Jason Hu added that the shifting focus of these questions was not only blurring the issue, but also wasting social resources.
There are some questions that Wu finds hard to answer due to their relevancy to the issue at hand, but that he feels he also cannot avoid answering, Jason Hu said, adding that it was not evident from the progress made so far in the Lin case that Wu was involved in any way.
The media’s actions are akin to publicly skinning Wu, which is unfair to him, Jason Hu said.
Meanwhile, in response to media questions yesterday about Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) public declaration of support for President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) bid for KMT chairman next year, Jason Hu said that his stance on the matter had always been crystal clear.
“I supported President Ma’s choice to run for a second term as party chairman from the start, and my stance on the issue has not changed,” Jason Hu said.
Jason Hu’s comments on July 10 calling for someone in the party to take responsibility for the Lin case had been widely interpreted by media as “anti-Ma” rhetoric, forcing Ma to precipitate announcing his intention to run for party chairman.
However, yesterday Jason Hu said he did not understand that logic and questioned why his opinions had led to his being labeled as “anti-Ma.”
Members of the KMT are not loyal simply because they say yes to everything, the Taichung mayor said, adding that he believed “expression of one’s true opinion on an issue” constituted real loyalty to the party.
When asked about his thoughts on Hau’s speech, Jason Hu said that all KMT members wanted only to improve their party.
Hau expressed his public endorsement of Ma and Wu on Sunday while calling for the party to consolidate its core leadership.
The Taipei mayor said yesterday that his endorsement was simply giving voice to the silent majority within the party.
“The Lin case is a crisis for the party, but I believe in the rectitude and integrity of Ma and Wu,” Hau said. He added that it was imperative that the party remained united.