Wang ‘must run’ for Legislature return
For spot in Legislative Yuan, Wang faces district poll: Hung
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu- chu ( ) said at an interview yesterday morning that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin- pyng ( ) will have to run for legislator in a district if he wishes to return to the Legislative Yuan in the future.
Approved by the Kuomintang Central Standing Committee ( ) by “one second of applause” on Monday, Hung easily passed the KMT’s 30- percent minimum approval rating, and is now likely the KMT presidential candidate. A nationwide KMT party congress will make the final decision on July 14.
Hung was interviewed yesterday morning, as she set out on her journey to “visit and learn from the leading figures of the KMT party regarding political and social issues.”
When being asked whether she supports Wang being reelected as legislative speaker in the future, she said that it is currently a matter of legitimacy, and not whether she supports him. “It is unlikely that the party will amend its current regulation regarding legislators’ nominations again, as was done in 2011,” she said.
In 2011, the party passed an amendment allowing the legislative speaker to be allowed to run twice on the party’s list for legislative elections, which previously had not been allowed. Accordingly, Wang cannot be nominated again for the party list.
Asked whether Hung will in- vite Wang to join her presidential campaign, she said that she will “ask kindly and even beg” for his support, “and if he is willing to participate, he will be made at least campaign manager.”
Hung Visits KMT Honorary Chairman
Hung yesterday visited KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Pohsiung ( ), who recently had a slight stroke and is currently recovering. Wu was his usual fun and humorous self during their conversation, joking that “making Hung run for president is even more difficult than making her get married.”
Wu told Hung that she didn’t have to visit him, that “everything that needs to be done will be done,” and that he will see to it that his son Wu Chih-yang ( ) will manage everything properly.” Wu also suggested that Hung recruit more young people to her campaign. “Do your best and don’t get too concerned with winning or losing,” he said.
Later in the day, Hung told reporters that she will also be visiting People First Party (
) chief James Soong ( ), former Vice President Lien Chan ( ), and other major figures of the ruling coalition.
Ma Lacks Communication
Wu said that many have suggested she cut all ties with President Ma Ying-jeou ( ), however, she believes that “overall, he has achieved good things as well as bad ones, too. One should not pooh-pooh his reputation and accomplishments based on the bad decisions he had made.”
“For example, the increase in water and electricity rates was in fact a correct move. It was simply launched at a bad time, which was why it was so heavily condemned.” She added that Ma is not good at communicating with others. “The way he communicates lacks a certain degree of aesthetics,” she said.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ), center right, joins hands with Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (
), the potential Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate, yesterday. “I want to affirm to the public that the KMT has now joined tightly together. For the sake of Taiwan, we will not step down!” Wang said.