Taiwan’s KMT slammed for naming pro-unification ex-lawmaker on legislator-at-large list

16-Nov-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The KMT’s slate of candidates has drawn a lot of criticism for being old, too China-leaning, and too conservative

The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has decided its list of at-large legislative candidates but has drawn the ire of its fellow members for nominating the pro-unification former legislator Chiu Yi.

The nominees are too China-leaning, and too conservative. KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu’s running mate, Simon Chang told listeners in a radio interview on Thursday (November 14).

On the top-16 lineup, former Central Police University professor Yeh Yu-lan heads the list. Yeh drew media attention and criticism for supporting Hong Kong police’s use of force and describing the protesting students as “ruthless thugs” in a Facebook post dated October 2, 2019.

Fourth place on the list is retired lieutenant general Wu Sz-huai, an activist opposing pension reform. Wu is best known for his visit to China in 2016 when he was caught on camera listening to Xi Jinping’s speech at an event.

However, the most controversial figure on the list is Chiu Yi, a pro-unification commentator. He served as a legislator representing the KMT between 2001 and 2012, and was an outspoken political talk show guest after not being re-elected.

In a recent Weibo post, Chiu wrote a congratulatory message on China’s 70th anniversary, saying he was “deeply touched after watching China’s magnificent National Day military parade and hearing Xi’s national speech.” He concluded by saying that he is “proud of being a Chinese” and “China-Taiwan reunification is inevitable.”

Another controversial person on the list is KMT Chair Wu Den-yih, who is ranked in 10th place out of 34. This is considered to be unfair, as it could help Wu secure a comfortable win.

After the list was made public, the KMT was reportedly flooded with complaints from KMT supporters. People familiar with the matter told UP Media the list could be changed on Friday after an interim Central Standing Committee.

On January 11, 2019, voters will be able to cast ballots for a presidential ticket, a candidate for a local legislative seat, and a political party list of at-large legislative candidates decided by proportional representation.



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