Taiwan: Everyday, More and More

Despite objections from the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), the Legislative Yuan (congress)’s Internal Administration Committee yesterday passed an amendment to the Nationality Act banning anyone with permanent residency in a foreign country from holding public office (see HERE).

For me, it sounds good and I was happy with that (I mean I found it logical in a normal country) until… I read the last sentence of the article:


In response to reporters’ questions about the amendment, the Presidential Office yesterday said that President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) US citizenship was no longer an issue because he has provided evidence to prove that his green card was no longer valid.

I do remember that he denied but I do not remember he provided evidence. Do you?

Anyway, it is a small drop in the ocean of bitter facts. Just read…

I was amazed with the today’s news (HERE):


(A clause will) allow elected representatives to gather personal information for investigation without the knowledge of the person concerned…


To be more precise, the blue side is trying to put this amendment in a new law…

Can you believe that?

Why? It is normally the job and attribution of appointed investigators (prosecutors…)

Why do we need to allow legislators or any other elected people to do this?

Oh… I forgot… All the “congress” is blue… Guess what “one” could do…

Wait, not finished yet about today’s news…

Public servants MUST pass an examination on the Chinese constitution… See the  source in Chinese HERE, from Echo Taiwan,

Why? According the Minister, few people know about the laws in China and because Cross-Strait situation is improving, it became a need.

So why not put on the exam, the French constitution? Or the American’s one? And what’s about Japan? Oh, Taiwan does not plan to develop relationships with USA? With France? With Japan? What’s about other countries?

I guess you got the answer already.

So of course, stories about the thesis of the President or his Green Card are nothing with the day to day events, such the last two I just mentioned.

I am not aware that people feel very concerned…

Do you know the 3 monkeys’ shape?

Maybe it’s the reason…

Mots clés Technorati : ,,,,,

7 Responses

  1. I do remember that he denied but I do not remember he provided evidence. Do you?

    Ma YJ never provided proof. What he called “proof” was a copy of two pages of his entire ROC passport, which by no way a proof of his green card status, and a copy of a piece of fax listing his entry/exit records, on which all items but two are erased.

    And he called that a proof.

    Btw, thanks for mentioning the “PRC constitution exam” that I posted. 2 things:

    1) The link to my page is the master link. The link to the post article is here:


    2) Ministry of Examination has revoked the decision, so it is no longer required. I have updated the info on my blog.

  2. @ Taiwan Echo

    Yes… He (and they) called it a proof… It seems that the definition of proof is quite variable 🙂

    I read the news too about the examination. But still, there are 3 subjects maybe less controversial but still very very very related to China, so I think the original spirit of the project is still alive.

    The link is updated 😉

  3. hey, he is a phd in law.
    surely he knows what a proof is.

    China is a huge market with billions of potential customers that the Americans, the French and the Japanese have nothing to compare with.
    they are simply updating their customer service.
    plus, they cannot speak English, French, nor Japanese anyways.
    it’s simply easier to ignore their existence altogether.

    Again, Chinese is the greatest people. We don’t need democracy and we don’t need privacy.
    Like they always say, if you don’t do anything wrong, you should have nothing to hide. Why are you worried about your privacy? Did you do anything wrong? You must be guilty. Now, I want to know what you have done…
    (it’s very common conversation between the parents and their children.)
    Viva Chinese!

  4. Jo, I am not sure that language is the real problem.
    If we look closer, a lot of small moves have been launched since few months. Each move is just a small detail and nobody pay attention. But all together, that is another story.
    The big picture is scary…

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  6. believe me, I know what picture you are talking about
    smart KMT and media tactically shift the public attention on A-bien and his family, including buying a house in KH and shopping at Carrefour… bla bla bla
    and their great education system has successfully stopped people from independent thinking
    the great party again controls the “country” and they can do whatever they want to do
    to be honest, i believe KMT and the Chinese Communist Party are all the same deep down.
    so i am not surprised that they are so keen to get together
    bigger, better, no?

    but what we don’t see and hear on the media is the heart of the real Taiwanese, especially those down south (less polluted by the central government, luckily)
    and i have faith in them
    i kind of have to…

  7. Let’s hope, Jo 🙂

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