KMT protests Control Yuan nominations

KMT legislators decide to continue to protest the Control Yuan nominations 

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (Photo courtesy of KMT/NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The opposition Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨), led by Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), blasted the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) for politicizing the Control Yuan (監察院) and turning it into a factory for the DPP on Tuesday.

These comments came amid tensions early Tuesday when KMT legislators gathered at 4 a.m. to prevent Chen Chu (陳菊) from entering into the legislative chamber.

When the KMT was battling for control of the legislative chamber, KMT supporters piled on the streets to show their support. Young members of the KMT and several veteran KMT members took turns talking to the public on trucks equipped with speakers.

When Chairman Chiang arrived, he stated that the protests are a symbol of democracy. He argued that President Tsai has decided to act against democracy by putting people with deep DPP affiliations into the Control Yuan. He said that they need to stop the Control Yuan from undergoing a “greening phase” (green is the color of the DPP).

He urged President Tsai Ing-wen to withdraw her nominations and continued to ask how the former mayor of Kaohsiung Chen Chu, who had been under investigation for her allegedly corrupt practices in Kaohsiung, can become the head of the agency that was charged with investigating her unethical practices.

Chiang said it was ironic that Tsai is often quoted for saying “humble, humble and more humble.” He expressed his disappointment that after her election, Tsai no longer embraces that slogan. Instead, she wants to erode the constitution by politicizing the Control Yuan.

KMT legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) continued the barrage of criticism aimed at the DPP. He stated that of the 27 nominees, 24 of them are deeply rooted in the DPP and have backgrounds that violate the entire purpose of having a Control Yuan. He says that the Control Yuan should operate independently and free from political influence.

He also criticized the ruling party for now using its majority in the government to trample opposition parties. He says that the KMT is willing to negotiate, but hopes that the DPP would willingly listen to the voices of the minority parties and withdraw its nominations.