Pro-independence groups yesterday initiated a series of forums lashing out at former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Shih Ming-teh's (施明德) campaign to oust President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
Tseng Kei-hai (
"The anti-Chen campaign is the product of the anti-Taiwan media's smear campaign and opposition parties' scheme to paralyze the government," Tseng said yesterday at a forum on democracy hosted by the Southern Taiwan Society.
The forum is the first of a series of discussions organized by the Taiwan Society, Northern Taiwan Society, Southern Taiwan Society, Eastern Taiwan Society and Bugle Society.
The nation cannot afford to be divided, Tseng said, and called on the DPP's political ally the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) to elucidate its stance on the anti-Chen campaign, rather than sitting on the fence.
"A divided Taiwan is a powerless Taiwan and a Taiwan that is near destruction," he said. "The crux of the problem does not lie in being anti-Chen or pro-Chen. The TSU must stand up and oppose the campaign, which flouts the rule of law and ignores the judicial system."
Tseng also urged the DPP administration to review its cross-strait economic policy, which he said had been drifting away from Taiwan-centered consciousness.
Cheng Cheng-iok (
"The pro-unification media occupy a large portion of the local market. They run misleading reports about the Chen administration and therefore help the anti-Chen campaign gain momentum," he said.
"Such a phenomenon has a lot to do with the administration's implementation of Chinese colonial education. Since the DPP came to power, it has failed to aggressively push for a Taiwanese education system, instead continuing with China-centric education," Cheng said.