Communist Agents within the Chen Administration
United Daily News editorial
January 16, 2009
Who knew the Chen Shui-bian administration was overrun with Communist agents? Eight years of Chen administration misrule has left the nation in ruins. One might say that this administration committed every nasty deed humanly imaginable or otherwise.
But who would have guessed that a Taiwan independence political regime would nurture Communist agents? Who would have guessed that Communist agents really were hiding under our beds? Suspected Communist agent Wang Jen-bing's relationship with the Ah-Bian faction within the DPP goes way back. When Chen Shui-bian was mayor of Taipei, Chen Che-nan brought Wang into the Bureau of Education. Wang even became involved in the Longmen Junior High School site preparation scandal. Later, when Chen Shui-bian become president, Chen Che-nan brought Wang into the Under-Secretary-General's Office as Copy Editor. He remained at that post until recently, under Cho Jung-tai, Under-Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung, and others. All in all, Wang Jen-bing's relationship with the Ah-Bian faction goes back 15 to 16 years. Now we are learning that this person was a Communist agent?
Advocates of Taiwan independence are corrupt. That is no longer news. Since Chen Shui-bian assumed power, incidents of corruption by advocates of Taiwan independence have become too numerous to list. But veteran Ah-Bian faction official Wang Jen-bing has turned out to be a "Cash on Delivery," traitor who sold national secrets to Beijing. This is truly an eye-opener. Green Camp advocates of Taiwan independence have relentlessly accused Pan Blues of "selling out Taiwan." Now it turns out they themselves have been selling intelligence to Beijing.
The extent of Wang Jen-bing's involvment has yet to be confirmed. Was this his first offense? Was he a long-time mole? We still don't know. But the fact that an veteran Ah-Bian faction official such as Wang would "sell out Taiwan" in such a manner, forces one to reflect upon their mindset. One possibility is that Wang hated the Ma administration even more than Beijing, therefore chose to sell out Taipei and collude with Beijing. Another possibility is that as Wang watched Chen Che-nan and Chen Shui-bian wallow in corruption, and the Office of the President act as their accomplices, he reasoned, why not sell a little intelligence and earn a little extra pocket money?
Wang Jen-bing is hardly an isolated case. Many Green Camp people on Taiwan scream "Chinese pigs, get the hell back to China!" at fellow ROC citizens. Meanwhile, they fall over each other making deals with "Chinese" on the mainland for the sake of a buck. How much difference is there between these pro-independence businessmen and Wang Jen-bing? Beijing sees "Green Agents" as a rare, hence valuable commodity. What are these advocates of Taiwan independence doing, but playing their Deep Green credentials for all they are worth?
This case revives old anxieties. Slogans such as "Everyone has a responsibility to guard against Communist infiltration" come rushing back to mind. Another suspect, Chen Ping-jen, was an assistant to PFP Legislator Lin Chun-tak and KMT legislator Liao Kuo-tung. Who imagined he would become an accomplice of veteran Ah-Bian faction official Wang Jen-bing? Three parties are involved. The spy incident show that Communists really are hiding under our beds!
The case has raised other wide-ranging political concerns, including the loyalty of civil servants and political appointees following a change in ruling administrations. Wang Jen-bing is a vestige of the Chen Shui-bian administration. Following an administration change he turned into a Communist spy who sold national secrets to Beijing. His mindset is frightening. What has Wang thinking as he he sold information and received payment? That his action did not constitute treason merely because he disapproved of the Ma administration? How different was his mindset from Chen Shui-bian's, who stashed his loot in a so-called "Nation-building Fund," then reasoned he was innocent of corruption.
Broadly speaking, the second change in ruling parties plunged the government into just such a Wang Jen-bing style crisis. Just before the Democratic Progressive Party stepped down, it rushed to fill every position with "their people." Even Ah-Bian's maid was given a job in the Presidential Palace. The Ma administration, terrified of being accused that it was conducting a purge, dared not clean house, and the likes of Wang Jen-bing were kept on. As a result, after power was tranferred on May 20 last year, residues from the Green Regime's nomenklatura have created problems for the new administration. These leftover Deep Green officials simply do not recognize the Republic of China. Such differences in national allegiance are hardly mere policy differences. In point of fact, they are the differences between sworn enemies. Wang Jen-bing may be an extreme case. As a civil servant, he not only betrayed the Ma administration, he also betrayed the nation. More leftover Green Regime officials remain within the current government. They may not collaborate with the enemy as flagrantly as Wang Jen-bing did. But they also refuse to recognize this nation, and they see the current administration as their political enemy. Their attitude, as they remain ensconced in their posts, is twofold. One, to keep collecting a paycheck from the nation, and two, to play a waiting game as political wild cards.
If Chen Shui-bian can characterize his ill-gotten gains as a "Nation-building Fund," then Wang Jen-bing can characterize his selling of intelligence as a way to make a fool out of Ma Ying-jeou. It is worrisome enough that Chen Shui-bian thinks this way. But within our government many civil servants share Wang Jen-bing's conceptions of loyalty. They consider the current administration their enemy. They consider the nation their enemy. This is unquestionably the most frightening risk the nation and the government face today.
The Republic of China's ruling party may change at any time. But civil servants and political appointees may not distort the meaning of loyalty. The accused must correct their mindset regarding the change in ruling parties and the meaning of the law.
Otherwise, officials leftover from the previous administration, such as Wang Jen-bing, will be disloyal toward the current administration. They may even collaborate with the enemy to wreak vengeance upon the current government. Is this not sad? Is this not frightening?
2009.01.16 02:28 am