Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Deputy Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) on Tuesday reportedly attributed the party’s lack of cohesion to KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾), a vocal critic of her own party and President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration, saying that “every word Lo has said has been detrimental to the KMT.”
Hung, who is also as the deputy legislative speaker, was quoted by sources as making the remarks during the party’s Zhongshan meeting on Tuesday, days after a closely watched legislative session on Friday last week.
The legislative session saw several KMT lawmakers — including Lo — vote against the party line on a joint motion initiated by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union to put an immediate halt to the construction of the controversial Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮).
“Lo has an opportunistic mindset. She has frequently appeared on TV [talk shows] making comments damaging to the KMT, and then came back and voted with the party” in the legislature, Hung was quoted as saying at the meeting, referring to past incidents.
Sources also quoted Ma as instructing KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) to communicate with Lo on the matter upon hearing Hung’s complaints at the weekly assembly.
Following the meeting, Hung said she made the comments in her capacity as KMT deputy chairwoman, not as deputy legislative speaker, and that they were meant to urge party members to help promote well-thought-out party policies, rather than constantly criticizing the party.
According to sources familiar with KMT affairs, the comments Lo has made about the KMT on political talk shows have disgruntled a number of party members, but since she rarely votes against party line, party headquarters cannot take any disciplinary action against her.
Some KMT members reportedly hold the opinion that “since Lo behaves more like a DPP member than most DPP members, she may as well apostatize from the KMT,” the sources said.
In response, Lo said she was not the only KMT member who had found fault with the government’s problematic policymaking and that she did not think her outspokenness had undermined the party.
“I have absolutely no idea what she [Hung] was talking about,” Lo said.
Citing the Chinese saying “It is easy to be a magpie, but it is hard to be a raven, while loyal servants are always the first to die,” Lo said that she would not back down on her insistence on scrutinizing the party’s policies.