Wang at risk of losing KMT membership and Legislative speaker position: source

By Joy Lee ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) could be ejected from the Kuomintang (KMT) at a disciplinary meeting this Wednesday over allegations of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit. His ejection from the part would also result in him losing his seat as legislator-at-large and his position as speaker, according to a KMT source.

Wang has not made any comments since the Special Investigation Division (SID) accused him of contacting former Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) on behalf of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) to demand that prosecutors not appeal against a not-guilty verdict handed to Ker.

Though most KMT members chose not to comment on the high-profile case, after President Ma Ying-jeou lashed out at Wang last Sunday, the KMT’s Evaluation and Disciplinary Committee has decided to on Wednesday revoke Wang’s party membership at the very least as punishment, according to the source.

If Wang loses his KMT membership, he will also lose his seat as legislator-at-large, to which he was appointed by the KMT, as well as his position as the legislative speaker, a job that he has held since 1999.

Wang is still in Malaysia for his daughter’s wedding and is scheduled to return to Taiwan today.

Ma held a press conference Sunday and described Wang’s alleged involvement in illegal lobbying as the “most shameful moment” in the history of Taiwan’s judicial system, noting in particular Wang’s position as speaker of the Legislative Yuan. Tseng resigned as justice minister Friday night in response to the accusations, but he maintains his innocence.

Be Prepared for Possible Legislature Upheaval: Premier Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that the government and the public should be prepared for a potentially turbulent period in the Legislative Yuan.

Jiang said that the autonomy of justice is the most important thing and that it is necessary to go through a short-term period of unrest and to pay a certain price to ensure this.

According to Jiang, Ma made the difficult decision to address the high-profile scandal in order to protect the justice system. Jiang said that Ma was defending an important value instead of “picking on” Wang, as the media has reported.

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) echoed this sentiment, saying that people should not view this case as a political wrestling match between Wang and Ma. Instead, Hu said that this was an instance in which Ma was standing up to protect the justice system.

Hung Rejects Speculation over Legislative Speaker Election Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday denied media claims she is considering participating in an election for a new legislative speaker.

Hung said that people who are involved in this scandal should come forward and cooperate with the relevant authorities to help them conduct their investigations. “The public should not view this case as a political wrestling match,” said Hung.

As for the speaker position, Hung said that everyone should wait for Wang to return to Taiwan before discussing this issue.