Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ma Ying-jeou Indicted, Resigns, Runs for President

An eventful day for Ma....indicted, resigns as KMT chair, then announces presidential bid. ESWN has the news via the pro-Blue TVBS station:

Former Taipei city mayor Ma Ying-jeou was indicted today for embezzlement. During the course of eight years as mayor, Ma Ying-jeou had NT$1.632 million transferred from the mayor's special fees into his personal account. While it is true that the special fees do not require receipts, they must still be spend for public purposes. Of these, it was determined that NT$1.1 million had no indication of being spent on public matters. Furthermore, the amount was also reported as personal assets. Therefore, the prosecutor determined that there was sufficient evidence to indict for embezzlement. In addition, Ma's secretary was indicted for falsification of documents as well as embezzlement of NT$760,000.

There was no joy in pro-China mudville tonight as the China Post noted of its fair-haired boy:

Taiwanese prosecutors indicted Nationalist Party leader Ma Ying-jeou on corruption charges Tuesday, dealing him a heavy blow ahead of the island's March 2008 presidential elections.

The prosecutors said Ma had diverted 11 million New Taiwan dollars (US$333,000; �257,000) from a Taipei city expense fund between 2002 and 2006 when he served as the city's mayor.


The pro-democracy Taiwan News has a more in-depth account:

Prosecutors probing alleged misuse of public fund by Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou during his stint as Taipei mayor indicted Ma on corruption charge Tuesday afternoon.

Ma, widely considered the frontrunner in the 2008 presidential race, offered to quit the KMT chairmanship after an emergency meeting of the party's Central Standing Committee at 6pm.

Despite the indictment, Ma said he will enter the 2008 presidential race.

The party's charter bars indicted members from seeking its presidential nomination, however.

Chief Vice Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung will temporarily take over Ma's responsibility before the largest opposition party elects a new chairman within three months.

My favorite part of this report is what the prosecutor said:

Prosecutor Hou Kuan-jen, who was responsible for the probe, suggested in the indictment the judiciary deal with Ma lightly, noting that the former mayor was not fully aware of his misconduct.

In Taiwan, politics provides never-ending entertainment. Let's see...the former Minister of Justice is unaware of what the law is? He didn't notice that he put the money in his wife's account? (according to the pro-Green Liberty Times the other day). He didn't see his account burgeoning by thousands every month? Either Ma is so dumb that he shouldn't be permitted to sell newspapers in front of the metro station, let alone be President, or he's so corrupt that....you get the drift.

The report doesn't note that Ma and the prosecutor are friends -- Ma was a witness at his wedding.

There's a year ahead and anything can happen. But right now, me, a lemon, some soda water, and a bottle of Bacardi have a date. More tomorrow after I sober up.

12 comments:

Raj said...

It's the KMT's fault for pushing the corruption issue over Chen so much. They should have realised it could come back to bite them in the backside too - and it has.

In fact it's worse for them than it was for the DPP. The latter has an outgoing President accused, whereas the KMT has its Presidential hopeful facing years in jail.

By the way, am I right in thinking that the prosecutor who investigated will not be the prosecutor pushing the charges against Ma in the case itself? Because if that is the case, Ma's friend won't be able to call for a lighter sentence anyway.

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Pass me that Bacardi bottle, Michael! What fabulous news to wake up to!!

Oh, and some friendly advice for PandaMa -- stay in the race, baby. Stay in the race!

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Oh...and as for the question about Ma...

I pick (c)... All of the above.
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Anonymous said...

Somehow the idea of transparency in any Chinese government is too much to comprehend.

Government is a way to make money easily, it appears. Or rather steal it legally.

antonio said...

Wa.....catch you!

Anonymous said...

Ma has no sense of shame!

Arty said...

I thought with exception of one politian, all other politians are doing the same thing Ma is doing. I see more indictments coming for some of DPP leaders.

Or China can just invade Taiwan and end this charade (that's a joke btw) :)

Hypernova said...

Now what's that phrase? "Judge not, less you are prepared to be judged."?

He judged and was thus judged.

Anonymous said...

Raj, you're correct. The prosecutor arguing the case will not be the same as the one who performed the investigation.

Stop Ma, get rid of that retarded icon. You're like advertising for Ma. Being too anti- unfortunately has that effect. KMT and Ma's faults should be pointed out. Good policies and alternatives should be highlighted as well.

Anonymous said...

the poster boy shot himself in the foot as it were..

now his bid for president which probably would have been a shoe-in now makes his party put forth a different candidate..that is if they play by their own rules..so pretty boy then runs as an independent and splits the votes..

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Stop Ma, get rid of that retarded icon. You're like advertising for Ma. Being too anti- unfortunately has that effect. KMT and Ma's faults should be pointed out. Good policies and alternatives should be highlighted as well.

Anonymous -- I've been highlighting the KMT and Ma's faults for quite some time on this site.

Have some Barcardi or Gaoliang and chill, man. :>)
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Poseidon206 said...

Somehow I miss the point when he said "I will clear my name by running for the president in 2008" What's running for presidency gotta do with clearing his name?

I thought you have to clear your name in court? Are we sure he went to Harvard for a Law degree?