Saturday, May 19, 2007

Taiwan Matters on Mayor Ma

Over at Taiwan Matters! Taiwan Echo posts on the kind of smarmy deals that appear to be so typical of the administration of Mayor Ma Ying-jeou of Taipei, now the Presidential candidate....

The current political environment in Taiwan is filled with the calls of "de-Chiang-ization" (去蔣化), which is a movement to eradicate the God-like figure of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) that was painted by the authoritarian KMT government over the past 60 plus years. The movement includes renaming of many state-owned organizations, removal of numerous Chiang's status all over Taiwan, etc.

Naturally, elites of the old authoritarian KMT and their successors fought back furiously. Under this intense political spot light, up goes Chiang's first lodge in a blaze. In no time has it sparked a huge intensification of the current political conflict. Especially, pan-blue politicians are wasting no time looking for evidence to blame this fire on the anti-Chiang movement.

They conveniently forgot what the history should have taught them again and again: whatever conspiracy theories they cook up against the pan-greens, it always backfires and hurts them seriously. Rising from the ashes of the conspiracy theory about "burning GMC as part of anti-Chiang movement" is the discovery that Ma, during his term as Taipei Mayor, violated rules and ignored laws via a contract between GMC management contract winner and the Taipei City Government to benefit his Taipei City Government employee.
Go read the whole thing. It's a fascinating tale of the incestuous relationships between consultants, politicians, and city governments.

UPDATE: Link now up. Sorry!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where's the link??