Thursday, July 19, 2012

KMT slides further into the maw of the Lin scandal

Temple Lanterns in Taitung City.

Heh. The Lin Yi-shih scandal took a dramatic turn last week and again this week, moving closer to Vice President Wu Dun-yi. A friend passed around this China Times piece from today in which a local political associate of Wu's admitted he got NT$10 million from Chen Chi-hsiang, the same businessman who allegedly bribed Lin Yi-shih, the now-disgraced former Sec-Gen of the Cabinet who resigned after revelations of the scandal. The Taipei Times recapped:
Speculations about the vice president’s involvement in the case first surfaced last week when political commentator Hu Chung-hsin (胡忠信) said a high-ranking government official was also involved in the corruption scandal, claiming that “Mr X” introduced Chen to Lin and implying that Mr X was Wu Den-yih.

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Following accusations that Wu introduced businessman Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥) to Lin, who allegedly accepted NT$63 million (US$2.15 million) from Chen to help secure contracts with China Steel Corp (中鋼) and its subsidiaries, the Chinese-language Next Magazine yesterday claimed Wu’s wife, Tsai Ling-yi (蔡令怡), had made a phone call to a family friend, Wu Men-chung (吳門忠), to complain about their relationship being exposed by the magazine.

Wu Men-chung, a major votes broker for the vice president in his Nantou County hometown, is the father of Chen’s girlfriend’s daughter-in-law.

The magazine claimed that when Wu Den-yih denied having a relationship with Chen last week, Tsai made a call to Wu Men-chung on the same day and said he should have told Wu Den-yih about his family’s relationship with Chen’s girlfriend, Cheng Tsai-mei (程彩梅), before the magazine picked up the story, prompting Wu Men-chung to publicly clarify the issue.

The magazine also claimed that Wu Men-chung’s wife had accepted NT$10 million from Chen.
More revelations are due out on this one, I predict. Ma is taking a double whammy -- in addition to this mess, which will likely drag on for some time, the economy is tanking... The Academia Sinica slashed this year's growth forecast to just 1.94%. Foreign economic analysts have been taking pessimistic views on Taiwan's growth possibilities this year as well, especially with China entering a slowdown, Europe still a mess, and American politicians apparently uninterested in the future economic health of the nation. Ma's claims that Taiwan had to have ECFA in order to get the FTAs that will prevent economic isolation have been undercut by events -- trade with ASEAN is growing, trade with China is shrinking, and Taiwan has experienced no broad benefits from ECFA. What will he turn to next?

It will also be interesting to see how the DPP handles this scandal. Too bad there are no major elections coming up soon....
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9 comments:

Tim Maddog said...

How 'bout that so-called "clean" Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) government, eh?

Tim Maddog

MJ Klein said...

Wu Men-chung, a major votes broker for the vice president in his Nantou County hometown, is the father of Chen’s girlfriend’s daughter-in-law.

wouldn't that make Wu Men-chung Chen's girfriend's brother-in-law?

Michael Turton said...

MJ< that's just too complicated.

maddog, do you think we can convince Shih Ming-te to take to the streets?

Taiwan Echo said...

“maddog, do you think we can convince Shih Ming-te to take to the streets?”

GO AHEAD! MAKE MY DAY !!

Tim Maddog said...

Michael, you asked:
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do you think we can convince Shih Ming-te[h] to take to the streets?
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Suuuuuuuuuuuuure… that could happen! After all, he and his follwers were totally non-partisan, right? [/snarkasm]

Tim Maddog

Readin said...

How independent is the judiciary. It didn't seem independent at all when it was going after Chen and friends while ignoring KMT abuses. Now it seems to be going after some high level KMT. Is the judiciary becoming more independent? Was it more independent than I give it credit for? Is it being used for intra-party factional warfare?

Michael Turton said...

Is the judiciary becoming more independent? Was it more independent than I give it credit for? Is it being used for intra-party factional warfare?

That's a good question. its independence is compromised but not destroyed. It's the prosecutors who appear to be the problem, as the Chen Shui-bian mess showed.

雲島の竜 said...

I got a conspiracy theory. I think the KMT is systematically gunning down all the Taiwanese (Holo) KMT partisans. First Lin, now aiming at Wu, my next guessed target is Wang Jin-pyng.

After all the Holo's are cleansed, the guns will be pointed at the Hakkas, namely "Neckless Bear" Wu Po-hsiung, and many many loyal Hakka KMT partisans.

KMT will then be so pure of Waishengrens even the CCP will be in awe.

Anonymous said...

Great photo