For­mer pres­i­den­tial aide cries foul over hypocrisy

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC) Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral King Put­sung ( ) said Mon­day he has been judged with dou­ble stan­dards by his crit­ics, while other op­po­si­tion fig­ures have re­mained un­scathed af­ter com­mit­ting in­frac­tions.

Dur­ing a ra­dio show in­ter­view, King, long one of Pres­i­dent Ma Ying­jeou’s clos­est con­fi­dants, said he had be­haved eth­i­cally through­out his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer while list­ing a num­ber of in­frac­tions by other fig­ures.

Dur­ing a pri­vate visit to Ja­pan with his fam­ily last week, a num­ber of in­sin­u­at­ing re­ports had claimed that King had been on a se­cret mission on be­half of Ma, while a num­ber of po­lit­i­cal talk show guests said that he was flee­ing Tai­wan. King de­nied all such al­le­ga­tions as un­founded last Wed­nes­day.

In the in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day, he cited Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP)law­maker Chiu Yi-ying ( ), who kicked and dam­aged the door of then-Jus­tice Min­is­ter Tseng Yung-fu ( ) in 2013.

“Would a regular civil­ian who had com­mit­ted the same de­struc­tion of public prop­erty be spared the legal con­se­quences?” King asked.

He also sug­gested sus­pected ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties on the part of Peng Wen-cheng ( ), an out­spo­ken po­lit­i­cal talk show host who King said may be vi­o­lat­ing Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion guide­lines be­cause he is also a uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor.

King said he too dou­bled as a ra­dio show host dur­ing a stint teach­ing at a uni­ver­sity but had to give up the sec­ondary com­mit­ment be­cause of out­side crit­i­cism.

King ques­tioned whether Peng is in a po­si­tion to launch al­le­ga­tions of abuse of priv­i­leges and sug­gested that the talk show host ap­ply the same lofty stan­dards to him­self as he does to oth­ers.

So­ci­ety Is Grow­ing Ab­surd: King

There have also been in­stances where elected of­fi­cials abused the priv­i­leges of their po­si­tions to void traf­fic tick­ets is­sued to their sup­port­ers, he charged.

“Our so­ci­ety is grow­ing ab­surd,” said King, who be­lieves that his­tory will prove his ac­cu­sa­tions right over time.

Un­founded Al­le­ga­tions

King said that while shed­ding light on cor­rup­tion is a vi­tal step in Tai­wan’s demo­cratic progress, al­le­ga­tions must be backed by ev­i­dence, which none of his de­trac­tors have yet to pro­duce.

With­out ev­i­dence, th­ese un­founded al­le­ga­tions will only fuel dis­cord and up­heaval, he said.

Asked whether he will do a tell-all mem­oir, King said he will wait un­til Pres­i­dent Ma has stepped down.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry Urged to

In­ves­ti­gate Peng

Mean­while, rul­ing Kuom­intang law­maker Tsai Cheng-yuan ( ) on Mon­day urged Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-hwa ( ) to in­ves­ti­gate Peng’s sus­pected in­frac­tions by work­ing both as a talk show host and a uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor.

Wu pledged that the min­istry will begin re­view­ing re­lated guide­lines. He said ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions stip­u­late that uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors are al­lowed to teach no more than 8 hours a week at cram schools, pro­vided they have re­ceived their school’s per­mis­sion.

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