Ex-KMT lawmaker accuses premier of links to gangster

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Wed, Oct 14, 2009 - Page 3

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Chen Cheng-sheng (陳振盛) yesterday accused Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) of sending gangsters to threaten to kill him unless he withdrew from the Nantou County commissioner election.

Chen yesterday went to a local police station to put on record the encounter, which he said happened at his house at midnight the night before he was due to register as a candidate last Wednesday.

“The chief of the baidao [白道, law enforcers] sent a representative of the heidao [黑道, gangsters] to give me his orders, saying that if I dared to register the next day, gangsters would do me in,” Chen said.

Chen said the person talked to him in a threatening manner.

Calling Wu “the chief of the country's baidao,” Chen said he wanted to let Wu realize the seriousness of the problem as it happened in Wu's hometown, where Wu had served as commissioner from 1981 to 1989 and three terms as lawmaker.

The KMT has nominated the incumbent commissioner, Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿), for re-election and expelled Chen from the party.

Fielding a question from Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) during the question-and-answer session, Wu said he “had no comment” on the allegations made by Chen.

Wu said he didn't need to react to political rhetoric made by candidates, adding that Chen should register a complaint with the police or prosecutors if he had solid evidence.