People First Party is more green than blue: New Party chairman

The China Post news staff

The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the New Party (NP) are the only pan-blue parties remaining in Taiwan’s political realm, NP Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) commented yesterday, suggesting that the People First Party (PFP) now should be regarded as pan-green.

Although the NP and the PFP are both splinter groups of the KMT, the PFP has now more green than it is blue, Yok said. While the NP supports the KMT to continue its administration, James Soong, the PFP head, had not only registered to run for the 2012 presidential election, but had criticized President Ma Ying-jeou during interviews on cable television networks. The PFP should count as a pan-green party, Yok suggested.

PFP vice president candidate Lin Ruei-shiung (林瑞雄) has recently been the center of attention due to debates over the renunciation of his U.S. citizenship. If KMT’s vice president candidate Wu Den-yih were the one faced with such issues, the pan-green parties would have long bombarded the blue parties with criticism and posted protests on the streets, Yok pointed out, questioning the reason behind the green parties’ silence amidst the discussions. “How come the DPP had not attacked at Lin’s nationality issues the way they did with former KMT lawmaker Diane Lee’s (李慶安) dual citizenship and President Ma’s green card issues?” Yok inquired. Tsai had been dodging cross-strait topics and focusing on domestic issues in an effort to avoid explaining her cross-strait policies, Yok commented, emphasizing that peace agreements are to negotiate for peace, not unification, and Ma should continue promotion of cross-strait peace.