KMT declines to confirm Ma wants apology from Wang

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Thu, Nov 21, 2013 - Page 3

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday declined to confirm whether President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had demanded that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) apologize for his alleged improper lobbying in return for reinstatement of his KMT membership.

“President Ma’s unchanged stance on the issue is to resolve the dispute internally and to clarify the truth behind the lobbying case,” KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chun (楊偉中) said.

Ma, who doubles as KMT chairman, has instructed the party to form a special task force to resolve the issue as soon as possible and prevent more legal battles. The Taipei District Court is scheduled to handle Wang’s case next month. Wang filed a lawsuit against the KMT in seeking to reinstate his party membership, which was revoked by the KMT in September due to his alleged improper lobbying.

According to a story by the Chinese-language United Daily News, Ma raised three conditions for the KMT to reinstate Wang’s membership internally. They reportedly are that in addition to offering an apology, Wang should push forward legislation of an act on obstruction of justice and facilitate legislative reforms.

If Wang agrees to comply with the conditions, the story said, Ma will also offer an apology for causing social disturbances over his rift with Wang and the KMT will allow Wang to rejoin the party without making any changes to its regulations.

Yang yesterday dismissed the report. He declined to confirm whether Ma has demanded an apology from Wang, and insisted that the KMT’s unity and clarification of the improper lobbying case are more important to the party.

KMT Central Standing Committee member Wu Chih-kang (吳志剛), son of former KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄), yesterday said he expected that the party would resolve the issue as soon as possible, adding that his father would spare no effort to help with reconciliation within the party if necessary.

KMT Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟) defended Wang over the case and said the ongoing investigation by the Legislative Yuan’s Integrity Committee has not found any solid evidence suggesting that Wang was abusing his power to influence a legal case involving Democratic Progressive Party Caucus Whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).