Three regrettable issues during eight-year rule: Lu

By Katherine Wei ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) noted yesterday at a seminar three regrettable issues that occurred during the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) eight years in power. Lu listed the three regrets as a failure to reform the judicial system, the fact that the March 19 shootings remain unsolved and that the DPP has left its reputation tarnished due to corruption.

The former vice president pointed out that despite several major accomplishments during former President Chen Shui-bian’s two consecutive terms, there are still problems yet to be solved. The judicial reform the DPP attempted to launch was unsuccessful, Lu noted, and as a result judicial laws have become a tool in political conflicts.

Lu was speaking at the first of around 20 meetings that the DPP has scheduled in order to reflect on the outcome of its rule under Chen. Yesterday’s seminar was titled “To Rule Diligently for the People and Strengthen Taiwan’s Position.”

Lu said she regrets that the shootings that occurred on March 19, 2004 remain unsolved. Both Chen and Lu were injured in the shootings. “This will be a lifelong regret to me,” said Lu. The shooting happened the day before the presidential elections. Lu was shot in the calf while Chen was hit in the abdomen during a parade.

Chen Yi-hsiung was alleged to have been the shooter. Chen drowned 10 days after the incident. Some, however, have suggested that Chen may not have been the shooter and that the identity of the real shooter remains unknown. Lu announced yesterday that a witness wished to reveal the truth recently. “After eight years of hard work, the DPP is left with a legacy of being corrupt. This is a result of an unfair judiciary system. We should be extremely careful and act according to the law. Politics is risky business,” Lu warned her fellow party members. Many Bigwigs Missing The DPP has reportedly been split on the reassessment seminars, with seemingly more opponents to the idea than supporters.

Among the party bigwigs, Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Yu Shyi-kun and Annette Lu attended the seminar; while former chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), in-office mayors Chen Chu (陳菊) and William Lai (賴清德) did not.

Lu led the members in evaluating the eight years in power as Chen Shui-bian is currently serving time in jail for corruption.