Former presidential aide cries foul over hypocrisy
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.
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
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.