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Mar 31, 2008

Ma's talking too fast

And why is the "pragmatic and non-ideological" president elect choosing these topics?

"Illegally changing the name of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was ill-mannered and was, of course, invalid," Ma was quoted as saying in an interview with the Chinese-language China Times published yesterday.

The name-change lacked legitimacy because the DPP government amended the Organic Statute of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂組織條例) despite opposition, Ma said in the interview, adding that he would restore the names after soliciting opinions from different groups.

Ma added that he would not make the change if the public supports the new names.

He's not even president, and he's gonna take this stand? If he puts "大中至正" on the main gate in place of the current Liberty Square (自由廣場), I envision some quick voter disenchantment.

Michael Turton caught this in the Taiwan News:
The most disturbing example is the call issued by KMT lawmakers for the minister of national defense to "swear allegiance" to the president-elect even before Ma is inaugurated May 20.
I'd call that very disturbing, since the minister doesn't swear allegiance to any president at this point.

Also, the KMT still has no real intention to give up their ill-gotten party assets.


corey said...

Come now, it wouldn't be a KMT win without these kinds of comments...why are you surprised?

Since Chen has been trying to downplay his DPP role in recent days, it doesn't surprise me that Ma has taken it upon himself to declare himself, already, president. The "swear allegiance" thing is only a foreshadowing of things to come...

阿牛 said...

I'm surprised by the speed of the comments and the focus!

NJ said...

regarding the CKS Memorial Hall, my view is if the legislative and executive laws are in conflicts, the legislative laws should alway override the executive orders as there's the correct procedure.
but why the rush? It wouldn't matter if Ma put the sign back on in 1 or 2 years time. somethings have to be done quietly and sneakily, and who really cared about the sign anyway?