Blue Camp Lin Yi-shi, Green Camp Li Ching-fu
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
July 19, 2012
Summary: Lin Yi-shi has been expelled from the KMT. The KMT has only itself to blame. But don't the DPP's own Anti-Black Gold Articles forbid Li Ching-fu from becoming a Central Standing Committee member? Lin was a Red Faction member. Li is a Black Faction member, This is the ugly truth about Blue Camp and Green Camp Black Gold corruption. Does Su Tseng-chang intend to do something about this ugly blemish? Or does he merely intend to slap a band-aid over it and cover up the problem?
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The DPP National Party Congress recently proclaimed that it was entering a new "Su Tseng-chang Era," one free from vote-buying. This was immediately followed by revelations that underworld figures plying the sex, gambling, and drug trades participated in the DPP's party elections. These underworld figures helped Li Ching-fu, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment for bribery, to become a member of the DPP Central Standing Committee. This scandal is the Green Camp counterpart to the Lin Yi-shi corruption scandal. It is also the first test of Su's leadership.
On the surface, this is merely a factional power struggle. But at a deeper level, it reveals the DPP's "Black Gold" character. The DPP is cultivating political support at the local level. But it is merely displacing the KMT. It is merely replacing the KMT's Black Gold criminal elements with its own DPP Black Gold criminal elements. This being the case, what is to become of Taiwan's democratization?
Hong Chi-kun risked his life to expose this scandal. Before that, the Chen Chu faction in Kaohsiung was engaged in both overt and covert infighting. Countless signs of corruption were already visible. Chen Chu originally planned to force Yu Cheng-hsien to withdraw his candidacy. Chiu Yi-ying fell ill and was forced to withdraw. Liu Shih-fang lost his election bid. The situation was highly unusual. The power behind the throne turned out to be underworld figures plying the sex, gambling, and drug trades. These underworld figures forced politicians to bow to the triads. This was a sad and frightening development.
Li Ching-fu was elected to the Central Standing Committee. This was highly controversial for two reasons. One. His election is illegal. According to the DPP's own "Anti-Black Gold Articles," those under prosecution for corruption are ineligible to run for office. When Li Ching-fu was Mayor of Qiaotou Village, he accepted bribes exceeding 8 million dollars from several vendors on small scale construction projects. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, reduced to 6 on appeal. The Anti-Black Gold Articles explicitly state that he is not qualified to be a candidate in the Standing Committee election. Yet he sailed through the process with no objections. He has become a member of the prestigious Central Standing Committee. This is a flagrant violation of the Anti-Black Gold Articles, and is totally illegal.
Two. His election is illegitimate. As Hong Chi-kun noted, on the eve of the DPP National Party Congress, local Kaohsiung triad heads actually accompanied other Chen Chu faction party representatives to Taipei. They appeared at election rallies to canvas votes. They attended banquets to consolidate voter support. , They may have been covertly engaged in intimidation. They may have been overtly engaged in deal-making. Either way, they undermined the legitimacy of the DPP election. This was a DPP power center election. It was held at the luxurious International Conference Hall. But behind the scenes it was a Dionysian bacchanal involving the criminal underworld and the political nomenklatura. In the end the criminal underworld prevailed. It undermined the legitimacy of the DPP Central Committee election.
The Li Ching-fu corruption scandal is the Green Camp counterpart of the Lin Yi-shi corruption scandal Among the local factions in Kaohsiung, Lin Yi-shi is the new generation Red Faction Boss. Li Ching-fu meanwhile, is considered the Black Faction Godfather. Each of them has his own power base. Both of them are guilty of extortion and bribery. The Black Faction was founded by Yu Teng-fa, a "dang wai era" figure. Yu Cheng-dao is the grandson of Yu Teng-fa. Can he retain his hold on the empire his grandfather founded? If not, so be it. But he was forced to withdraw from the National Party Congress election under pressure from Black Gold forces. Isn't this intolerable? The Green Camp has been relentlessly laughing and pointing the finger at Lin Yi-shi. The DPP should look at itself in the mirror, at the sickening spectacle of DPP party factions making deals with Black Gold underworld figures. Do DPP leaders see the four fingers pointing back at itself?
Hong Chi-kun opened this can of worms. Exactly what was his motive? That is not our concern. What the public wants to know is why the DPP deliberately allowed this to happen. Why did it allow a Black Gold underworld figure, ineligible as a candidate, to become a member of the prestigious Central Standing Committee? The Democratic Progressive Party has ruled for many years in the Kaohsiung area. Why has it condoned this "home invasion" by underworld figures? Why enable them to erode the political process? Chen Chu has long been concerned about her political image. Why allow people such as Li Ching-fu to become the sole representative of the Chen Chu faction on the Central Standing Committee?
Hong Chi-kun came forward to defend the Anti-Black Gold Articles. The DPP Central Committee refused to support him. It did just the opposite. It threatened him. It accused him of "inappropriate behavior" and "possible violations of party discipline." The DPP Central Standing Committee is in flagrant violation of the party's own Anti-Black Gold Articles. Committee members have become accomplices to Black Gold underworld figures. How is Hong Chi-kun supposed to express his objections through "normal channels?" The DPP Central Standing Committee has revealed its arrogance, cowardice, and stupidity. It is utterly unworthy of the support party reformers and non-party supporters have given it.
Green Camp supporters have proposed a number of solutions to the Li Ching-fu problem. Some suggest that Li Ching-fu voluntarily resign from the Central Standing Committee. Some suggest that Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang come forward and persuade Li to step down. But Li Ching-fu has already made clear he has no intention of resigning. Su Tseng-chang is merely bobbing and weaving. He is merely paying lip service, saying that "Any allegations must be backed by solid evidence." DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsian even claimed that Li Ching-fu was a "qualified candidate," and that "his election was valid." But what are the violations of the party's own Anti-Black Gold Articles, but "solid evidence?" How can he be a qualified candidate? How can his election be valid? Su Tseng-chang's response was poles apart from the KMT's response to the Lin Yi-shi corruption scandal. The KMT immediately expelled Lin from the party. Su Tseng-chang cannot even compare with Tsai Ing-wen. When Cheng Shu-hua, a suspect in a corruption case was nominated for Legislator without Portfolio, Tsai Ing-wen forced her to pull out. If this is what we can expect from Su Tseng-chang, is that not frightening?
Lin Yi-shi has been expelled from the KMT. The KMT has only itself to blame. But don't the DPP's own Anti-Black Gold Articles forbid Li Ching-fu from becoming a Central Standing Committee member? Lin was a Red Faction member. Li is a Black Faction member, This is the ugly truth about Blue Camp and Green Camp Black Gold corruption. Does Su Tseng-chang intend to do something about this ugly blemish? Or does he merely intend to slap a band-aid over it and cover up the problem?
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