KMT reform report recommends holding onto assets

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By Yuan-Ming Chiao, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Kuomintang (KMT) commissioned report compiling reform measures that should be prioritized by the party’s new leader Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) recommended holding onto its “legal party assets,” it was revealed on Sunday.

The report, which was compiled by outgoing Secretary-General to the party Lee Shih-chuan (李四川) during his visits to various local party organizations following the KMT’s rousing defeat in national elections, listed party assets as a major issue exploited by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in its campaign strategy. It included information gathered from public discussion forums conducted in 21 counties and cities (excluding Lianjiang County) from Feb. 19 to March 23.

It listed 14 major issues that brought on the party’s latest electoral defeat, including ineffective leadership, unpopular policies, and poor implementation of major policies. The report recommended the party make proactive efforts to distinguish between ill-gotten and legal party assets, donating those deemed illegal, but holding onto those that included sums that originated from party membership dues. The party should call upon judicial organizations to make proper distinctions between legal and illegal assets. The party “does not have to dance to the tune of the DPP and the media,” the report stated. It also recommended that existing party assets be allocated to helping disadvantaged party members or social organizations in order to build public support and improve the party’s reputation.

Aside from the issue of party assets, the report called for open and transparent elections for its Central Standing Committee members and to limit their terms to four years in order to attract new talent. It added that clearer discourse on party values is needed to connect the party’s ideology with the greater public and attract youth participation.

The report also recommended more concise methods in the conduct of cross-strait interactions, including the cancellation of large-scale annual forums that have been taking place between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The report called for the establishment of “Taiwanese Enterprise Service Centers” in order to assist businesses investing in mainland China should they encounter difficulties or unfair treatment. These actions would help the party garner more support from Taiwanese businesses that invest in China. The last KMT-CCP forum (formally called the “Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum”) was convened in May of 2015 in Beijing.