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KMT fears split if Hung re-elected

IN THE WINGSThe KMT caucus is committed to public opinion and centrist politics, while a new faction would stand to the right, KMT caucus convener Sufin Siluko said

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus convener Sufin Siluko yesterday smiles during an interview with radio host Clara Chou at Hit FM radio in Taipei.

Photo: CNA

Some Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members worry about the party becoming another New Party if incumbent Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) is re-elected next year, KMT caucus convener Sufin Siluko (廖國棟) said yesterday.

Sufin, who on Tuesday called for Hung’s resignation over what he said was a party meeting procedural violation, yesterday said in a radio interview that there are gaps between the party caucus and the party headquarters on various issues, including the direction of the KMT, the party’s assets and the so-called “1992 consensus.”

Tension between the caucus and the headquarters, which has been in the air for some time, manifested in an episode involving Hung railroading through a motion on the party’s election system and dates in a KMT Central Standing Committee meeting last week and the ensuing denunciations from other party heavyweights against the move.

Sufin has been one of the most vociferous critics over what he called a “procedural flaw” of the meeting, in which “only five committee members attended the meeting” — which does not meet the quorum — had the final say by bending the rules on what should have been decided by a majority.

The dispute was only partially resolved in this week’s committee meeting as the procedural flaw has yet to be officially recognized, he said.

Radio host Clara Chou (周玉蔻) asked whether opposition to Hung was quelled because she appeared “without the hairpiece she usually wears and without makeup” in a Facebook live video late on Tuesday night, in which she said she wished to have a “heart-to-heart talk” with her supporters and explain her actions in the committee meeting the week before.

“Many said that she was playing weak and trying to appeal to her supporters for sympathy, and committee members felt the pressure,” Chou said.

Sufin denied the allegation against Hung, but said that the meeting on Wednesday failed to properly address the procedural flaw.

Chou said that the decision to increase party representative seats for the party’s Huang Fu-hsing (黃復興) military veterans’ branch, passed on Wednesday, would increase Hung’s chances of re-election, as the military veterans’ branch has always been considered “deep-blue,” and so is Hung.

Sufin said no party member, including KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bing (郝龍斌) and former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), who both criticized the meeting on Wednesday last week, dares to openly challenge the veterans’ branch.

“Not complying with the established regulations would lead to the collapse of the foundation,” he said, adding that it is not the chairpersonship, but the party’s future he has in mind.

Sufin said some senior party members and businesspeople have come to him expressing concerns that the KMT might create a new party

“Becoming another New Party means moving toward the right end of the political spectrum, but the 100-year-old KMT needs to stand in the center in order to be the ruling party again,” he said.

He said that the KMT has to let the party’s middle generation rise to its top echelon and lead, but added that the KMT’s culture is one in which the “top brass need to be respected while they are still here.”

When asked about the various conflicts between the caucus and the headquarters, Sufin said that the caucus “stands with public opinion.”

“We the caucus want to get out of the quagmire [of ill-gotten party assets] as soon as possible, and uphold that the party assets except those required for personnel expenditure have been dealt with,” he said.

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