By Katherine Wei, The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Ma Ying-jeou is attempting to rule the nation as a secret agent, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) declared yesterday regarding heated debate and accusations over alleged illegal lobbying. The Special Investigation Division (SID) wiretapped Ker’s telephone in order to investigate his purported involvement in a corruption case and had unintentionally stumbled upon audio which implicated Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Taiwan High Prosecutors Office Chief Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) and Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) in a lobbying scandal.
Wang, Chen and Tseng allegedly attempted to get Ker off the hook in another case involving the violation of the Criminal Code and the Business Entity Accounting Act. Wang was in Malaysia for his second daughter’s wedding when Ma asked him to return as soon as possible and explain his involvement in the incident. After Ma pronounced Wang’s alleged involvement in the case to be the “most shameful moment” in the history of Taiwan’s democratic and judicial development, Ker slammed Ma for using Wang’s involvement in the case to “kill three birds with one stone.” “Ma wants to prevent Wang from managing the Legislative Yuan, to prevent Tseng from being in charge of the justice system and to damage the DPP’s image. I feel deeply sorry for Speaker Wang,” said Ker.