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Ma must keep eye on public opinion: legislator

Amid controversy over President Ma Ying-jeou’s bid for re-election as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman, KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei, who has been a vocal critic of the opposition camp as well as her own party, called on Ma to step down from his chairmanship post for the sake of himself and the party in a recent interview with reporter Tzou Jiing-wen of the Chinese-language ‘Liberty Times’ (sister paper of the ‘Taipei Times’)

The will of the party must not go against the voice of the people, just as the latter must not betray the will of God. There are bound to be calls on Ma to introduce reforms.

LT: The KMT has been saturated with people striving to safeguard the power of those at the helm. What’s your opinion on this?

Lo: For the interest of the KMT and the country, party members who eye the leadership roles and want to make a difference should really step out and have the courage to say no to Ma.

They should appeal to their political conscience and reject policy proposals that are simply wrong, as their blind adherence to Ma and his problematic plans will not only bring misfortune to the party, but also to the 23 million people of Taiwan.

LT: Is there anything you want to say to Ma?

Lo: I hope Ma can do well his job as a president and refrain from attaching an “anti-Ma label” on anyone who voice opposition to his re-election bid for chairmanship. I may vote against “Chairman Ma,” but I have never stopped supporting “President Ma.”

Nevertheless, in light of a series of contentious policies Ma has introduced since he won a presidential re-election on Jan. 14 last year, he should carry out an immediate Cabinet reshuffle to remove every incompetent government leaders and bring a breath of fresh air to this country.

Meanwhile, because the direction of the government’s ongoing pension reform [for private-sector workers and civil servants] is closely intertwined with the nation’s future, the financial security for various occupations and the economic burdens on the next generations, Ma should adopt a more cautious, thorough approach in handling the imperative issue.

Translated by staff writer Stacy Hsu

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