Ma blasts ‘degenerate’ DPP over smear campaign tactics

The China Post news staff

President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Wu Den-yih yesterday geared up their criticism of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, with Ma calling the DPP a “degenerate party.” He said the DPP was using various malicious tactics to smear him and the ruling Kuomintang in order to win the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.  ”I don’t know how to describe such a degenerate party,” Ma said at the election campaign headquarters of KMT’s Lawmaker Lu Hsueh-chang of the tactics employed by the DPP to slander him and the KMT. He said that the DPP and its spokespeople last week forged a malignant story to tarnish his integrity by alleging that he had a secret meeting with gaming tycoon Chen Ying-chu on Sept. 10 and accepted a political donation of NT$300 million from Chen. In response, Ma sued the DPP and its spokesman Liang Wen-chieh. Ma continued that Chen Ming-wen, a DPP lawmaker elected from the southern county of Chiayi, openly said on Friday that Chen Ying-chu is a good man, instead of a gangster dedicated to underground gaming operations as alleged by DPP spokesmen. “I wonder why (a) DPP lawmaker knows Chen Ying-chu is a good man but its spokesman didn’t,” Ma said.

“When smearing me, the DPP said Chen Ying-chu is a bad man; but after finding Chen’s closer ties with DPP heavyweights, the party said that Chen is a good man. What standards are adopted by the DPP to measure a man? No standards! I don’t know how to describe such a degenerate party,” Ma further stated.

On the same occasion, Ma cited another example to highlight the DPP’s malicious practice designed to dampen the KMT. He said that in a monthly calendar recently launched by the DPP as campaign material, the DPP — in a bid to demonstrate the government’s failure to take care of fruit farmers — said that the famous fruit persimmon, grown in Wufeng Township of the northern county of Hsinchu, now sells for only NT$2 per catty, rather than a real price of NT$41.5 per catty.

“Such a practice will seriously undermine the interests of fruit farmers, because distributors will be inspired to cut prices when making purchases from farmers. We have to seriously condemn the DPP’s immoral practice,” Ma said.