Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) deputy secretary-general Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) yesterday requested that party executives offer a public apology for revealing the name of the KMT member who filed a complaint about alleged illicit activities in the KMT Central Standing Committee vote on March 5.
The KMT has been rocked by allegations that Legislator Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) bought votes so that he could play a leading role in the party’s decisionmaking body.
“Many people have heard of the vote-buying scandal involving KMT Central Standing Committee members. In my recent trips across Taiwan, everyone I met condemned what had taken place during the vote,” Lo wrote in a post.
Lo said that he was angered that that KMT Disciplinary Committee, led by Legislator Lee Kuei-min (李貴敏), which met to examine the accusations against Fu, revealed that KMT Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chiao-hsin (徐巧芯) was the one who filed the complaint when making its decision on Monday.
Due to “the KMT’s long-term conservative culture ... it takes a lot of courage and a sense of justice to make an internal party complaint about vote-buying. Hsu was a brave person to do so, but party executives surprised people by publicly announcing that Hsu was the whistle-blower,” Lo said.
Lo then requested that KMT executives to apologize to Hsu.
“Hsu is a valuable treasure for our party. She is willing to point out wrongdoing, so our party should be thankful to her,” Lo said.
Hsu said that the KMT should have a confidentiality clause to protect whistle-blowers.
“It was a surprise to me that the committee revealed that I had filed [the complaint],” Hsu said.
Before the vote, the media had reported on accusations that Fu and other party members had provided benefits in exchange for votes, including banquets, gifts and money.
“Party members had sent me information and evidence on this, so I put it together and sent it to the KMT’s e-mail address to file an official complaint,” Hsu said.
In Monday’s announcement, Lee said that Fu would not be punished, as there was insufficient evidence.
“Some people received inscribed plaques, which were gifts from a local fishery association. Members had received soy sauce bottles, and these were gifts from Hualien County Commissioner Hsu Chen-wei (徐榛蔚),” Lee said.
Hsu Chen-wei is Fu’s wife.
“There were allegations of receiving money in exchange for votes. Fu explained to committee members that he is a well-known national figure and has no need to pay for people to cast ballots for him,” Lee said.
In the March 5 vote, Fu received 1,234 votes — the most among the 29 members of the Central Standing Committee.
‘LONE WOLF’: The suspect was difficult to locate, as he did not use a cellphone, did not contact family and often lived in abandoned sites or parks, police said Taipei police on Thursday morning arrested a man accused of numerous burglaries and at least 14 incidents of sexual assault spanning more than 20 years, in what might be the nation’s most notorious crime spree in recent years. Sixty-year-old Tu Ming-lang (涂明朗) — who was yesterday placed in judicial detention, after a judge determined he was a flight risk without a fixed address — faces multiple charges of sexual assault and burglary, police said. A task force comprised of various law enforcement agencies arrested Tu as part of an investigation into an April 28 burglary in Daan District (大安), in which a
Ninth graders were asked to define “trolling” on this year’s standardized exam, reflecting efforts to make the test better reflect real-life situations. Adjustments to this year’s Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School Students were revealed on Sunday, after the last cohort of students completed the test over the weekend. The Ministry of Education solicited feedback about the test from teachers, who approved of the new question in the English portion. Not only was question No. 20 “very much in line with real-life situations,” but it also used a new style in which students were asked to ascertain the correct dictionary definition based
Taiwan is on alert for monkeypox, a rare viral disease that has caused 87 infections in 11 countries over the past three weeks, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Saturday. The WHO on Friday convened an emergency session to discuss a sudden outbreak of monkeypox in North America and Europe. Since the beginning of this month, 87 confirmed cases and 28 possible cases have been identified in 11 countries. The countries with the highest case counts are England with 29 cases, and Portugal and Spain with 23 each. Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease occurring primarily in the tropical rainforest areas
ADAPTING: The CECC said the policy change would happen this week at the earliest, while PCR testing stations would be used to diagnose people and prescribe drugs The general public would be able to use a positive rapid test result that has been confirmed by a doctor for COVID-19 diagnosis starting later this week at the soonest, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported 79,441 new local infections and 53 deaths. The center on Saturday announced that it was expanding the rapid test diagnosis policy to people living in indigenous townships and outlying islands, starting today. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, yesterday said the policy might be further expanded to include “all people” this week, at the soonest. He