Taiwan: When KMT Gives Lessons about Democracy

Sometimes political news are surprising and even funny if not ironic.

The political party in power, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) controlling 75% of the legislature has a well-known history of dictatorship.

Even though the president chief of the region (? – according who is talking to whom) has been democratically elected, it seems that many democratic values have been ignored or reduced to zero. To be convinced, we just need to read the news since he was elected two years ago.

And now, guess what: the KMT is giving lesson about democracy.

Few days ago (HERE) we could read:


Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) yesterday accused Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of “ruining the city’s economy.”

At a press conference to launch her campaign office, Huang said Chen had failed to improve the city’s economy because of her focus on “political ideology.”


Whoah! That’s a serious accusation!

On what is this accusation based on?



Huang was referring to an invitation extended by seven Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayors and county commissioners to the Tibetan spiritual leader after Typhoon Morakot devastated the southern part of the country in August last year, and the city government’s decision to air The 10 Conditions of Love, a 53-minute documentary on Kadeer and her fight to improve human rights in Xinjiang in September.


Obviously, the KMT only consider as important the Chinese tourists or business.

The fact that the area has attracted investments from Japanese businesses is not important.

The definition of democracy is different according the political party we are referring to.

More on that subject, have a look on the below picture:

The Legislative Yuan stands empty yesterday. There was no session because the Democratic Progressive Party withdrew from the provisional legislative sessions on Friday. PHOTO: FANG PIN-CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

The opposition party (DPP) refused to play the KMT game about the ECFA review.

The KMT considers the ECFA as a treaty while DPP says it is a simple agreement.

Legally, it doesn’t seem that the ECFA is a treaty giving the fact that Taiwan is not introduced as a country and the “deal” was negotiated and signed between political structures, not governmental ones.

So the DPP says that being a simple agreement the ECFA should be discussed article by article which has been refused by the KMT: “it’s a treaty so it must be accepted or rejected as a whole.

As the KMT controls 75% of the legislature, what could be the result?

So why the DPP should play this game, this “unnecessary exercise to rubber-stamp the deal, for which every taxpayer in Taiwan is paying” (HERE)?

So of course, the DPP could be now accused by the KMT of acting “irrationally” and refusing to cooperate in the democratic process.

It is urgent that the DPP improves its image in the international media if it doesn’t want to be again considered as a “troublemaker”.

As the article concluded:


The reluctant player here, the one who is exploiting the organs of democracy devoid of its heart and spirit, is the KMT, not the DPP.



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