The Taiwan Statebuilding Party together with pro-Taiwan independence groups slammed recent government moves at a media briefing yesterday, while also opposing the president’s nomination of People First Party (PFP) Secretary-General Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) as vice president of the Control Yuan.
At the event in Taipei, Taiwan Statebuilding Party Secretary-General Wang Sing-huan (王興煥) said he was disappointed that the government was moving backwards with regard to political reform and pandering to conservative forces by not allowing a Taiwanese historian to serve as a board member of the publicly funded Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS).
Wang and the groups said they were marking May 9 as “A Day of Setback for Taiwan Transitional Justice,” referring to Monday, when the decisions were announced.
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“Looking at the core values and history of the KMT [Chinese Nationalist Party] and the PFP, the transitional justice process is working to clean up the stains and past wrongdoings, done by these two parties,” Wang said, explaining why they are offended that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) nominated Lee, who was previously also a KMT member.
World United Formosans for Independence (WUFI) chairman Chen Nan-tien (陳南天) said that the Control Yuan deputy president must rise above partisan politics and have a long-term vision.
He questioned Lee’s political stance and his roles during Taiwan’s democratization and transitional justice process.
Lee served four terms as legislator from 2002 to 2020, representing the PFP during his first two terms and the KMT during the latter two.
President Tsai could find numerous people from the Democratic Progressive Party or prominent figures in Taiwan to nominate instead, Chen said.
“This nomination has betrayed the wishes of the vast majority of the public, and seems like a personal appointment that is not based on a balance of political power,” Chen added.
Taiwan Statebuilding Party and WUFI officials condemned the decision by the TBS board member selection committee to reject the appointment of Chen Tsui-lien (陳翠蓮), a Taiwan National University professor of history.
Wang referred to the TBS committee’s explanation that Chen Tsui-lien was unsuitable “because she conducts research into the 228 Incident, resulting in strife between Taiwan’s various ethnic groups.”
The TBS governing board is in charge of the state-funded Taiwan Public Television Service, which together with its affiliated state television networks braodcasts in Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), Hakka and other indigenous languages, showing the people with this decision that it does not have the public interest in mind and is hypocritical, he said.
“The rejection also rejects the current transitional process,” Wang said.
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